Funedin – School Hols July 2020

Funedin – School Hols July 2020

Banish boring and experience the vibrant family fun of FUNEDIN.

With exciting events, wild experiences and more – don’t miss FUNEDIN these school holidays July 4-19.

Get to know our local Little Blue Penguins, discover Gnaughty Gnomes, be thrilled by giant fluffy chicks and more. Banish school holiday boredom with FUNEDIN!

Heaps of special deals, exciting adventures and excellent experiences to make your holidays magical… Enjoy fun times discovering NZ’s Heritage and Wildlife Capital

Royal Albatross Express for School Hols – Daily July 4 – 19

Special Deal! 30min Express tours to see Albatross chicks. How heavy can a chick actually be? What’s their favourite food? And how big will their wings grow..?
Discover huge Royal Albatross chicks at the world’s only mainland Royal Albatross breeding colony. Express tours at expressly special prices for the Funedin Festival Educational displays, fun activities for children, Cafe, gift shop sale. Great place to visit for school holidays!

Cost: $15 Ad, $5 Ch Bookings Essential Ph 03 478 0499 Make sure you book as there are limited places available.
Email – Web Royal Albatross Centre

Open 12.30 Weekdays, 10.15 Weekends | Royal Albatross Centre, 1260 Harington Point Rd, Otago Peninsula

Blue Penguin Kids go free – Daily July 4-19

Ever seen the world’s smallest penguin? Discover cute little Blue Penguins in their natural habitat – scurrying up to their cliff-face burrows at Pilots Beach at Blue Penguins Pukekura
Only 1 tour available each night so bookings are essential. Dress warmly as the tours are outdoors.

Tours depart 5/5.15pm(Penguin arrival time to be confirmed on booking)
Entry: Kids go Free! Adults $35 Depart from Royal Albatross Centre. Come early for a treat in our cafe and explore our wildlife displays and information.
Direct Bookings only Ph: 03 4780499 Dress warmly. 1260 Harington Point Rd, Otago Peninsula Blue Penguins Pukekura

Fort Taiaroa Unique Mates Rates Deal. Daily July 4-19

Have you visited Dunedin’s secret fort? Did you know we have a secret military base hidden under the albatross? For over 140 years a disappearing gun has been protecting Otago Harbour from invaders! Come along and explore – Mate’s Rates deals $30 Adult, $15 child on our 65 minute Unique Tour including both giant albatross chicks and the secret fort!

Mates Rate Deal 50% off Unique Tour. 65 minutes includes Fort + Albatross. Price now = $30 Adult, $15 Child.

1260 Harington Point Rd, Otago Peninsula. Book 034780499 Online Royal Albatross Centre

Gnaughty Gnome Hunt. 15 July
Discover gnaughty gnomes hiding in their “New” homes in the beautiful Woodland Garden, write down their secret names and return it to receive your sweet treat.

You’ll get a map to explore the garden, meet a mighty 1000 year old Matai and listen to beautiful birdsong. Foodtruck and shop running.

Where: Glenfalloch Garden 430 Portobello Road, Macandrew Bay, Dunedin
When: Wednesday 14th July 2020
Time: 10am – 2pm
Requirements: Please bring cash – No bookings required. Face for cakes and coffees open
Cost: $3 per child $10 for 4 children
Enquiries: Email:

Fletcher House Golden Days Sunday 5, 12 and 19 July.   11am-4pm

Ever wanted to time travel? Wave your magic gold coin and step back into a time where there wasn’t any electricity or labour saving devices. Have you visited NZ’s only fully restored Edwardian villa? Come see how your great-grandparents lived. Built in 1909, the start of the Fletcher Empire, fully furnished in period style.

Fletcher House, 727 Portobello Road, Otago Peninsula

Entry by gold coin donation during Funedin Festival Ph. (03) 476 1775  Fletcher House Website

Marine Studies Centre and Touch Tank Tours with Port to Port 12 & 18 July
Learn about and touch slimy marine creatures! And cruise across the Otago Harbour to get there on the ferry-MV Sootychaser!
There is plenty for adults and children to see and learn about.
On the way from the boat you’ll see shipwrecks, birds and historic quarantine stations and much more!
PRICE/BOOK – 9.50am and 11.35am  Cost: $36 Ad, $20 Ch Bookings Essential Ph 020 416 24250 Port to Port
Departures from either 39 Peninsula Beach Road, Port Chalmers or 837 Portobello Road.

Private Family Bubble Cruises 12 + 18 July – other days – just ask!
Jump onboard the MV Sootychaser for your very own private family cruise! For 25 minutes you’ll get the boat to yourself as we cruise across the Otago Harbour.
You’ll receive a child friendly commentary on the way from the Skipper and  you’ll see shipwrecks, birds and historic quarantine stations and much more!
PRICE/BOOK – Cost: $72 for a family of up to 2 adults and 3 children. Extra people can be added for $24 adults, $12 children.
Cruise duration can be extended on request. Bookings Essential Ph 020 416 24250
Port To Port  Cruises and Wildlife Tours -Departures from either 39 Peninsula Beach Road, Port Chalmers or 837 Portobello Road.


Elm Wildlife School Holiday Special 50% Deal 4-19 July

Join us for a fun filled afternoon on the Otago Peninsula during the school holidays and receive a massive 50% discount off our standard Peninsula Encounters Tour.
See Royal Albatross at Taiaroa Head, a fur seal breeding colony, rare and endemic New Zealand sea Lions and Yellow Eyed Penguins at our private reserve.
Walking up and down a hill is required so an average level of fitness is needed. Not suitable for people with mobility issues or strollers and prams.

How to book –
Visit Elm Wildlife Website Enter the promo code holiday50 to receive the discount.
Free phone 0800 356563 or 03 4544121 and ask for the School holiday special.
We pick up from the Dunedin I-Site at 1pm or Portobello at 1.30pm Duration about 4.5 to 5 hours

Olveston July School Holiday Family Special 4-19 July

Visit Olveston as a family and enjoy a 1-hr guided tour of the Theomin Family home. Learn about the Theomin household, the family themselves and their staff. Re-live life as it was in the early 1900s and learn just how the other half lived. Follow the Edwardian theme with children’s dress ups and games in the garden.

PRICE/BOOK – SPECIAL RATE: Family (2 adults + 2 Children) $56.00, extra child $10.00, extra adult $18.00. (usually $72.00 (2A + 2C). Bookings essential. Phone Olveston on: 03 477 3320 or email: to book this special deal. Bring more of your family on your tour and request a date and time to suit (groups of 10 or more).

TIME – Olveston is open 7 days a week with 5 public tour times every day at: 9.30am, 10.45am, 12noon, 1.30pm, 2.45 pm LOCATION – Olveston, 42 Royal Tce, Dunedin 9016

Double Decker Fun Tour Daily 4-19 July

Join us on our 50-minute sightseeing fun tour around Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South, with its Gothic buildings, beautiful cathedrals, and other heritage highlights such as the historic Dunedin Railway Station. Do not miss out on visiting the steepest street in the world on Baldwin Street, Otago University and Otago Museum with its fantastic collection of exhibitions among other key attractions of Dunedin.

Cost: $10 Ad, $5 Ch (under 2yo no charge), $25 Family (2Ad2Ch), 10.00am and 2.00pm daily
Book to Headfirst Travel 034779083 or at the Dunedin Departs from the Octagon (i-SITE)

Budding Little Naturalist Tour 4-19 July Afternoons
Enjoy this interactive day for the budding little Naturalist this school holidays with Seal and/or Sealion viewing, a short native bush walk and a 45 minute guided tour at the Royal Albatross Centre, Taiaroa head to view the spectacular Northern Royal Albatross.
This tour will be available daily in the afternoon during the School Holidays only Approximately 3.5hr duration
PRICE/BOOK – Cost: $75 Ad, $35 Ch Bookings Essential Ph 0220989654 Make sure you book as there are limited places available. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult |
OCHO Chocolate Tour Deal 4-19 July Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun
Learn about chocolate making right from where cacao is grown to how it is crafted into bars. Walk inside the factory and see the OCHO team roast, grind, temper and wrap chocolate by hand. Taste the difference between cacao from Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Fiji and walk away feeling good about craft chocolate. The OCHO Tasting will be about 25 minutes long.
Thursday through to Sunday. 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. To make a booking email or call 034257819.
$2.00 hot chocolates for the School holidays. OCHO Chocolate Website

Tūhura Space Tour Otago Museum 4-19 July

Explore the wonders of outer space with one of our Science Communicators. Get a glimpse of the stars and constellations that we can see in the Dunedin night sky, journey to other planets, and get a close up look at some breathtaking deep space objects.

Deal: Free planetarium film with your admission to the Tūhura Science Centre

PRICE/BOOK: Cost: $15 Adults, $10 Children, $40 Family. Book your free tickets to Tūhura Space Tour at the Museum Info Desk. More information from Otago Museum TIME: 4.30pm daily, 4 – 19 July

Whale Watching – Researching Aotearoa’s Whales Exhibition 4-19 July

Almost half the world’s whale and dolphin species are found in Aotearoa waters.

Get the view from the perspective of NIWA, New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust, and University of Otago researchers as they learn more about these gentle giants at Otago Museum

PRICE/BOOK: Free entry. More information from Otago Museum

Puaka Matariki at Otago Museum – Daily

Puaka Matariki is a time for celebration, reflection, sharing knowledge, and preparing the soil for the next harvest. This cold winter period is a great excuse to explore the Museum galleries on the Puaka Matariki Gallery Trail, create something new in our Matariki-themed makerspace, and stargaze with us at one of our special Matariki Lab-in-a-Box.

PRICE/BOOK: Free entry. More information from

TIME: Puaka Matariki Gallery Trail – Daily throughout the school holidays. Puaka Matariki Makerspace – Daily throughout the school holidays.  Puaka Matariki Lab-in-a-Box – 5:30pm – 8pm, Friday 17 & Saturday 18 July

Learn to Ice Skate Holiday Programme (4 – 14 years old)

We believe ice skating is like riding a bike, once you learn the basics you have a skill for life! Join our 1-week course and discover the joy of skating in a Winter Wonderland. The lessons run Monday to Friday during the first and second week of the holidays (6-10 July & 13 – 17 July 2020). After your lesson you are more than welcome to stay on the ice for free until our public session finishes!

Cost: $52.50 per week (5 sessions, including skate hire).

Make sure you book online as there are limited places available! Email –  Dunedin Ice Stadium Website

Dunedin Ice Stadium, 101 Victoria Road, St Kilda

Family Rollerskate Funday Sunday 5 & 12 July

Southern Skating runs regular Sunday open rollerskating session. During the School Holidays, all school-aged children skate for free! $5 a head for other skaters, spectators free! Bring your own rollerskates if you have them, we do have a few spare pairs in smaller sizes. All skaters, all ages, all abilities welcome

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No booking required, just turn up. Time 4.30pm to 6pm Sunday 5th July + Sunday 12th July. Caledonian Gym, Andersons Bay Road. Enter through the side door off the car park.

The Speight’s Ale House Kid’s meal deal Daily July 4-19

After a day exploring the Peninsula and Dunedin, bring your parents in for a meal at the iconic Speight’s Ale House. Warm, cozy and welcoming. Kids get a free ice cream Sundae and fizzy drink with every kids meal ordered. Free activity pad and colouring pencils as well. Lunches also available as part of the meal deal.

Simply show your receipt from any other Funedin activity or mention Funedin to get the deal. Speights Ale House Website

Children’s fishing & scenic boat trip. Daily 12-19 July

Join us the Otago Harbour aboard the charter launch “Vivienne J’ View the historic features of the lower harbour on the way to the fishing ground near the Albatross colony.  Watch  the Albatross fly around us as we fish. Departing from Back Beach, Port Chalmers  10am & 1.30pm from 12 July until 19 July 2020.

 We will supply:-   Lifejackets, fishing gear, bait, tea coffee & biscuits on a warm comfortable boat. Duration of trip approx. 2.5 Hours Adults     $25 Children   $15 Family   1 adult + 2 children  $50 PAYMENT:    Internet banking or cash Bookings essential  03 472 8725 027 6814778

10% off Dunedin Motels and Villas Deal 4-19 July

Looking for somewhere to stay? Dunedin Motel and Villas has been transformed. All rooms have been completely renovated and refurbished with new bathrooms, new kitchens and new furniture. Service will match the crisp, clean modern interiors. With a perfect mix of style, comfort and affordability we offer all Guests unlimited high-speed internet access, 50“ Smart TV’s, luxurious bedding and free car parking. Within easy walking distance of the main shopping precinct, we are the closest accommodation facility to the university.M odern facilities combined with friendly old-fashioned customer service – it’s the Dunedin experience you’ll want to return to. Mention FUNedin for 10% discount Dunedin Motels Website

10% off Distinction Dunedin Hotel 

Treat yourself to a stay in a top hotel at Dunedin’s premier luxury hotel -100% NZ OWNED & OPERATED
The 1937 former Chief Post Office in Dunedin has been transformed into an elegant 4 1/2 star luxury hotel, located in the rejuvenated and vibrant Warehouse Precinct in the heart of the city. Distinction Dunedin is a 2019 Travellers Choice Winner, ranked 3rd out of all hotels in NZ on TripAdvisor. The Dunedin hotel presents a variety of premier accommodation to suit everyone from the businesses traveller requiring spacious and modern facilities to those wanting a relaxing weekend away. Book Distinction Hotel WebsiteUse code “LOCAL ”

Blue Penguin viewing and Harbour Cruise Friday 10 July
See Little Blue Penguins come in from the sea! hear them calling to each other from their burrows, right under your feet!
You’ll travel some of the way to the penguin reserve by boat. From there you’ll see shipwrecks, birds and historic quarantine stations and much more! Return in the magic of the darkness and under the stars.. Includes return ferry to Portobello, return shuttle from Portobello to penguin reserve and the penguin tour.
PRICE/BOOK – Cost: $65 Ad, $17 Ch Bookings Essential Ph 020 416 24250
Friday July 10th 4:45pm-7:30pm
Port To Port  Cruises and Wildlife Tours Departures from 39 Peninsula Beach Road
Blacksmithing for Beginners Sunday 12 July
Get to grips with hammer and anvil in the historic Gasworks Museum forge. Learn how to taper, bend, twist and scroll a metal rod to make a stylish decorative hook. Ideal for beginners with little or no blacksmithing experience. Suitable for adults and late teens.
Price/Book: Cost $150 incl. tuition/materials. Limited places: bookings essential. Email Jonathan: or text 021 453 191
Sunday 12 July 10.30am – 3.30pm
Dunedin Gasworks Museum, 20 Braemar St, South Dunedin

Holiday Planning Tools:

  1. Map  Royal-Albatross-Centre-Blue-Penguins-Pukekura-Brochure-2019
  2. Bird Spotting Guide Otago Peninsula Bird Spotting Sheet
  3. Plan Maker  Plan P = Peninsula Wildlife Safari ITINERARY
  4. Guide Handbook  Otago Peninsula Handbook – WINTER 2020