Suggested Itineraries

The Garden’s close proximity to the CBD, just ten minutes walk from the Octagon, means it fits easily into many day, or half-day, itineraries. Here are some suggestions.


For a snapshot tour of Dunedin’s architectural gems, social history and peaceful green spaces, meander down lower Stuart Street from the Octagon to the world famous Dunedin Railway Station. Explore the interior where there is fantastic art deco work.

Then turn right and follow the main road to the Toitū Otago Settlers’ Museum, where we trace the life of our settlers - indigenous Maori, early Chinese and following waves of migrant groups - their technological innovation, art, fashion. domestic life and transport then carry on to the Dunedin Chinese Garden.

After a peaceful wander through the Garden, cross the road to Queens Gardens, with its war memorials and walk up the short hill to the gothic-inspired First Church. This will bring you to Moray Place and just around the corner from the Octagon again.

Urban activities

Either by car or energetically on foot, these activities will give you a good taste of the city. Start at the north end of the city, at the Otago Museum, before a tour of Cadbury World and its fabulous chocolate waterfall.

Next, head to the Dunedin Chinese Garden for some quiet time and perhaps a cup of tea and traditional snacks, before finishing the day with a tour and dinner at the Speights Brewery.

Contrasting landscapes

If you are looking for a day of contrasting landscapes, there is no better combination than the Taieri Gorge Railway, with options to Pukerangi or Middlemarch for one trip or on the Seasider, and the Dunedin Chinese Garden.


Dunedin has a multitude of magnificent and diverse gardens. Getting round them all will take a couple of days, so you can give each of them the attention they deserve.

The city has two Gardens of International Significance – the Dunedin Botanic Garden and Larnach Castle Garden, and three Gardens of National Significance – Dunedin Chinese Garden, Glenfalloch Woodland Garden and Wylde Willow Garden. They are all very different, with their own character, purpose and stories.

The Botanic Garden and Chinese Garden are closest to the heart of the city and the other three are a picturesque drive down the Peninsula and south towards the Taieri Plains.

Related Websites

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Toitū Otago Settlers Museum

Encounter history at the Toitū Otago Settlers Museum. Learn about the people whose character, culture, technology, art, fashion, and transport shaped New Zealand’s First Great City.

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First Church of Otago

The First Church of Otago is in the heart of the City of Dunedin, in the South Island of New Zealand.

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Otago Museum

The Otago Museum was founded in 1868. It is the largest cultural and heritage institution in Otago and has a collection of over two million natural science specimens and human history artefacts.

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Cadbury World

The Cadbury World tour is a chocolate-lover’s dream that overwhelms the senses!

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Information on the history of the brewery, tours, beers, alehouses.

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Taieri Gorge Railway

The Taieri Gorge train is a sightseeing train trip travelling through spectacular scenery and departing from the historic Dunedin Railway Station in downtown Dunedin.

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Botanic Garden

Hill views from sunny lawns, over 6,800 plant species and the birdsong of wild native bellbirds, wood pigeons and tui - just some of the delights of the 28 hectare Dunedin Botanic Garden.

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Larnach Castle & Gardens

With its exciting, sometimes scandalous and tragic history, magnificent carved ceilings, New Zealand antiques and breathtaking views, Larnach Castle offers you a vision of the past and present.

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Glenfalloch Woodland Garden

Glenfalloch Woodland Garden, Gaelic for 'hidden valley' is an historical garden, established from 1871 - tranquil, beautiful, much loved and classified as a Garden of National Significance by the NZ Gardens Trust.

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Wylde Willow Garden

Wylde Willow Garden is a premier event and wedding venue in Abbotsford, Dunedin.

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