Fun family activities in Dunedin for visitors with young children

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1. Otago Museum Butterfly House: See exotic butterflies from around the world in a hot house environment. Also enjoy Discovery World – science-based activities and equipment to fascinate all youngsters.

2. Sandfly Bay on Otago Peninsula: A fantastic place to take children to see local sea and wild life. It has the largest colony of yellow-eyed penguins with a public viewing area. Fur seals and sea lions often wallow in the sand. 

3. The Dunedin Botanical Gardens: This is a fantastic space with an aviary at the top of the gardens and a playground and place to feed ducks in the lower gardens. There’s also a great café beside the glass house and rose gardens.

4. Dinosaur park by the St Kilda Beach: Also known as Marlow Park, it not only has play equipment but a big bike circuit  track. Most of the very popular attractions have been there for a very long time, such as the big dinosaur slide and big concrete mound which has tunnels running through the middle of it.

5. Cadbury World tours: Very popular tours for children of all ages.

6. Moana Pool: The pool offers toddler time for a small fee — an adult and a preschooler can enter the pool for $3.50 between the hours of 8.30am and 3pm. The pool complex has a learners' pool, a paddling pool, wave pool, rapid river and an area with steering wheels for children to play with.

7.  Visiting the rock pools at Brighton Beach: The children love climbing on the rocks and discovering the fascinating sea life in the little rock pools. The beach is a great place to swim and there’s also a small creek running down to it, perfect for the wee tots.

8.  Woodhaugh Gardens: There's so much to do here - feed the ducks, paddle in the pool, play on the variety of climbing equipment, nature walks, lots of room to play ball and ride bikes.

9. Bush walks around Ross Creek: This is a fantastic area for exploring the bush and the native wild life. The tracks are really well maintained and there is a variety of different walking tracks to discover.

10. The Gardens at Larnach Castle: The grounds at Larnach Castle offer a great place for picnics, exploring history of the grounds as well as finding all the different statues from Alice in Wonderland. There is a lot of room for children to run around, animals to see and generally explore some of Dunedin's history. 

11. Dunedin Public Art Gallery in the Octagon: The gallery has an awesome kids’ area which is very well resourced.

12. Visit Toitu Otago Settlers Museum: Has amazing exhibits showing life in New Zealand in former times. Includes cars, buses, caravans, as well as old-style fashions.




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