Activities for a Rainy Day in Dunedin

What to Do in Dunedin When it Rains

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  • D P
    Wellington, New Zealand6,458 contributions
    Beautiful building which unfortunately is currently all wrapped as it’s under going restoration. Even so the architecture you can see is wonderful. The interior is also well worth visiting as it’s a work of art.
    Also there is what I would say, one of the best art galleries upstairs which has a fantastic array of local artists on display and is free to look around and you can buy a masterpiece to go home with.
    Written 16 June 2022
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  • Janette K
    96 contributions
    I have been to a few museums in my time but this one has blown me away. Authentic and appropriate for our times this museum celebrates the resilience of all settlers to this windswept challenging part of the world. The stories of Maori settlement and early Europeans looking for fortunes and freedom are beautifully woven together to embrace true manaakitanga. I loved the ride on the penny farthing bike too! Just saying!
    Written 24 May 2022
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  • Ricki R
    1 contribution
    The tour guide Ron was fantastic and made the overall experience a solid 12\10!! Thank you for looking after us well Ron!
    Written 15 May 2022
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  • kinx81
    Hamilton, New Zealand799 contributions
    Very impressed on all the free galleries but do pay the extra to get access to the science centre and planetarium! Two adults cost $30 and we were entertained for over two hours looking at the exhibits. Went right at opening on Sunday and had the science centre practically to ourselves - for about 20 min, which meant we could ride the three storey slide with no kids around lol!

    Butterfly exhibit was so cool. We were there for the release of the newly hatched butterflies and got to hold one and take pics. Very humid in there but there are cubby holes outside to hold your jackets.

    The planetarium show at 10:30 was a brief 15 min showcase of whatever people in the audience wanted to see. (Jupiter, Milky Way, Saturn…) very cool

    The animal attic was quite interesting and loved the weird and wonderful artwork.

    Great gift shop.
    Written 8 May 2022
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  • Travelling Man
    Wanaka, New Zealand35 contributions
    Wonderful old character home presented beautifully. The tours are very informative, conducted by volunteers, and truly worthwhile.
    Written 1 May 2022
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  • paulwendy2021
    Te Puke, New Zealand6 contributions
    An amazing building and so lovely inside. What a lot of history featured in this building. Well worth the visit.
    Written 16 May 2021
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  • Anne A
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates8 contributions
    Best to view at night on the Ghost tour and then go back the next morning to compare. Then go visit the Northern Cemetery to view a smaller version commissioned by Mr Larnach as his final resting place
    Written 5 May 2022
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  • Anthony G
    Wellington, New Zealand1,142 contributions
    Prob one of the best beer festivals I’ve been to, not just for the beer , the actual venue makes this a very special event.
    Super cool ETFE roof and naturally lends itself to all sorts of events.
    Worth checking out for the architecture alone.
    Written 1 January 2021
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  • KateHSydneyreviews
    Sydney, Australia12 contributions
    The kind of small, quirky museum that actually surprises you, actually makes you laugh out loud, and you actually never forget! You'll tell people who are visiting Dunedin that they can't miss it - and when they go, they'll text you saying "whoa! thanks for the tip!"

    Bruce's artworks from bones, fossils, skulls and entire skeletons are on display in one room. You'll see a lot of his street arts and posters around town too. The other rooms are crammed full of incredible things from the natural world as well as quirky artefacts you didn't even know you were curious about, and leathery old books with titles such as The Intimate Sex Lives of Famous People.

    Kids can take a selfie with antler horns. Teens can get some fun photos for Instagram. Oh and there are tui birds in the garden making some incredible bird song so, all up, a great New Zealand visit!
    Written 28 June 2022
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  • peperi
    Auckland Central, New Zealand221 contributions
    We were disappointed in the major exhibit at the gallery which was a demonstration of pretentious art writing masquerading as quality criticism as the writers attempted to justify exhibiting torn plastic bags, pieces of drift wood and assemblages as works of art. Not impressed.
    Written 17 January 2022
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  • travelisbliss22
    Dunedin, New Zealand285 contributions
    It took me a while to get used to Moana Pool and like it, mainly because it can be so busy at times, which isn't great for a not-great swimmer. However, having trialled different times/days, I've found a nice quiet schedule for swimming here and am liking it more. When I was a parent to a young-un, we used to love the wave pool and the entire area around it. The hydro slide was also a hit, although it was an added expense then (not sure if it still is). Female changing rooms don't seem to have changed over the years but there are about some areas of open showers, plus about six private shower/change rooms, which is nice. The staff at the front desk are always friendly, and overall, the cost isn't too bad for a stay as long as you want to. I use a 12-swim concession option, but there are much cheaper per-swim options and some include the gym, which I haven't used.
    Written 10 August 2021
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  • Susan C
    Auckland, New Zealand13 contributions
    Very helpful staff, good place to go for information on what to do. I had also emailed them prior to our visit and this was helpful in deciding on what to see and do.
    Written 28 April 2022
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  • TrMarek
    936 contributions
    Located on George St. it's just outside the downdown core and a worthwhile stop on your way to the botanical gardens, university or Baldwin St. If opened, you can't miss the large entrance doors which will be wide open. The 13th century Gothic architecture and coned tower are notable city landmarks (opened in 1876). I've been to my share of churches in North America & Europe but I've never seen a 90 degree organ to both sides of the alter. Some free organ concerts...check schedule.
    Written 23 March 2020
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  • Angela T
    Auckland Central, New Zealand5 contributions
    Loved it. So peaceful and magical with the silent butterflies. Great for adults and children alike. A must see
    Written 28 February 2019
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  • Caro D
    Mosgiel, New Zealand26 contributions
    My husband and I visited this little museum today and were given a tour round by Simon and Gavin. There are apparently just three volunteers for this museum and there were just the two of us at the time. They spent more than an hour explaining the science to us, whose knowledge of chemistry was 5th form (Year 11) science course.
    They didn't pretend to know everything but were so patient with our no doubt dumb questions. And all for $5NZ.
    The machines were so huge! And the amount of things that come from a tonne of coal was amazing.
    Written 19 October 2019
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