He Said / She Said – New Zealand's Dunedin Kids


New Zealand and I share more than a bit of history! You see, not only that my beautiful mother was born and raised there, but it was the first foreign destination I've ever visited. During this first visit, the land came to my heart in a wonderful way and attracted me again and again. But it is a country that has so far avoided the invasion of my little kiwi Thursday.

And the southern island of Dunedin has proven to be the ideal place for Raffles and Sugarpuff to be introduced to the wonders of the country that are so important part of their heritage. But she even left her kiwifi mother surprised by how much the town would offer her to families.

Of course, I knew Dunedin had a history and a heart. And lots of epic scenery. I think it's finally New Zealand. But it has much more: fascinating cultural history, historical architecture and children's museums, modern street art and top science festivals, unique landscapes, natural attractions and wild wilderness in abundance … not to mention his kickarse restaurant scene!

AND I am glad to announce that the children who were left and fornicate were, through our visit, the same as the New Zealand International Science Festival. They also left a wider touch after consuming their body weight in the culinary pleasure of the city. But do not forget that. Here, Raffles (10) and Sugarpuff (7) share their thoughts on children in Dunedin.


Dunedin is pretty clever, with more PHDs floating around the city than you can poke a telescopic stick on. Not surprisingly, it is home to the New York International Science Festival, a two-week celebration of top-notch quality in New Zealand's environmental, scientific and technological education and research. With 20 and more world leaders in science and 230 events in 24 locations, children (and their parents) can explore the inspirational set of practical STEAM workshops and events for children and families, including presentations on bending the mind on robotics, virtual reality technology, medicine, experiments , physics, psychology, astronomy, and so much more. Oh, and it's FUN

He said: "The International Science Festival has thrown me in my head, I've never had so much fun, and I was not so excited about science, so much work has been done at the University of Otago Expo: I have to help with real heart dissection and play with robots and use super-advanced VR technology and stacks of other epic I thought the future energy show would be a bit boring, but the boy was wrong, Dr Graham shot the cannon marshmallows, sent the rockets and indignation and exploded into the flames, and it was the best hour of the whole science fest.

Explosive fun at the International Science Festival in New Zealand

We need to meet dr. Graham and let me fire brass soap from the vacuum cleaner's basin and shoot him from a cannonball angry bird and teach us some cold science. I even had to eat a edible helium balloon that made my voice sound funny and cracked me. "

She said: "We had the best time at the science festival, they had a special day for kids, and we had experiments, and I even made my own pipeline cleaner neuron." Neuron is the thing that sends messages from your brain to your body to make it work.

New Zealand International Science Festival with Children

I made one punk and if it was real, it would be rock! I have to take a really cute robot called Nao. I think I liked it better than my brother because she was overturning her. There was also a show of future energy and a man on the stage, things exploded and it was noisy and fun. One evening, a nice lady called Amie brought us to the real Dome Observatory and looked at the largest telescopes ever seen by Jupiter and Saturn, I even saw his rings. I like stars ".


Its history of the Maori has been repeated for many years, but Captain Cook's news reports, originally at the beginning of the nineteenth century, attracted Dunedin to Dunedin, the area soon became an international whaling hunt. Unlike the English settlement of most New Zealand, Dunedin was founded by the Scottish Free Church in 1848, the city's name is even derived from the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh, Dùn Éideann. Gold was discovered in 1861, and the subsequent gold rush led to a further influx of people from around the world. The city is home to the oldest and most beautiful university in New Zealand, unbelievable architecture, castles and historic houses, and a number of great museums that surround artifacts that revive the history of the region.

He said: "Even though Dunedin is not really old, he has a lot of really interesting history. First of all, the Maori people lived there, and we learned a little about their traditions at the Otago Museum. I would like to learn more, but because it is really interesting. European settlers did not come 19th century. They were mostly sealing and whalers and the Scottish came to settle in 1842. A moment later they found gold and it attracted the Chinese people and there is a really beautiful Chinese garden reminding them of their contribution to the history of the city. My favorite thing is old architecture. Otago University and Dunedin are both epic! But the Lanarch Chateau was my favorite place, not only because I had filled my face with cakes and cakes for amazing high tea.

Lanarch Castle: Dunedin from the childrenIt looked like an ancient castle from Europe. She had amazing creatures like lions and eagles carved into stairs, and amazing tower with walls, from which I imagined an imaginary battle with the invading orcs (hey, that's the Hobbit country). "

She said: "The old buildings in Dunedin were really nice, especially the train station, because it was all striped and had a great tower.

Dunedin Railway Station

But I preferred Lanarch Castle because he was very old and had big lions on the stairs, and it looked like a Queen lived there.

Lanarch Castle: Dunedin with children

There was a special treasure hunt where we had to solve complex trails and it was so fun. I think the castle can be a little scary, but I think the spirits are friendly because it did not look terrifying. "


Dunedin's fascinating history and art culture are extremely accessible in superb collections of world-class museums. The brilliant Otago Museum was a great hit with its small visitors with its lively tropical butterfly, planetarium and hands on a scientific exhibit, Tūhura, traditional cultural and natural expressions. In fact, it's so good that I had to physically remove them because they would be happily staying in for a week. The Tota Otago Settlers Museum is a great place for children to learn about the social history of the area, while Dunedin's public art gallery is one of the best in the country, not surprising given the art and creative city of Dunedin's.

He said: "I learned a lot about those who did Dunedin on Toitū Otago Settlers Museum and had some nice exhibits, but the Otago Museum was the best museum I've ever visited. Each section was epic. There were lots of interactive activities Tūhura, a scientific exhibition where they had a sloping slide, laser screens, multiplayer games, and a huge bathtub with rocks and mining tools, so you can dig them.

Otago Tūhura Museum: Dunedin Children

Tūhura he also had a huge pack of butterflies and I had to hold this very cool caterpillar with horns! The planetarium of the museum was super modern and the best I've ever been to, and we have to explore planets and stars. There were also some old exhibits, such as Animal Attic, where there was a huge huge eyebrow and a king's rat, which is perhaps the roughest thing I've ever seen, so of course I loved it. For me, the oldest sword collection in the People's World and Tangata Whenua Gallery, where I learned a lot of Maori legends and traditions, was the most interesting exhibition for me. Even my mother loved this, because there was this show about a rock pocket The Chills that she liked millions of years ago when she was fine. "

She said: "I could stay forever in the Otago Museum, there were plenty of places filled with amazing things like animals and Maori treasures, and there was a planetarium where we saw stars and planets and constellations, I loved Leo's lion.

Otago Tühura Museum butterfly garden: Dunedin with children

They have a super fun science center where we have to go down a giant shot and make a tornado, and also I loved that I was supposed to help release the baby butterflies in the garden and one landed on my nose and smelled my face. "


Dunedin may be small, but it is a world food city that has knocked our taste buds to six. We tried everything from our agricultural markets and the openings in the walls to the factories, to the cafes and the great guests, and did not eat any food that was not memorable. The incredible local production of this region is brought to creative culinary masterpieces by talented chefs and craftsmen, making Dunedin the goal that should be on every radar with its own food respect.

He said: "Dunedin's dining scene is out of charts, we've been eating so many great meals that I do not even know where to start, I think I should start with what they call Southern Sushi, a local variation of cheese that is baked, served and quite nice But I was just beginning the epic culinary adventure I love the bagel in Dunedin and I had the best halos and bacon stuffed version on Beam Me Up Bagels as well as some epic bagels filled with all sorts of good things on the art of Morning Magpie through Dunedin The Otago Farmers' Market was so different from what I used to be, the production was really different, like the Venison salad.

The Otago Farmers Market in Dunedin is held on Saturday

I got inspired by the ginger ginger ginger Banh mi, but it was the wonderful creations in the Crooked Spaghetti Company as well as their ingenious Lasagna Breakfast with smoked lasagna stuffed with boiled egg and piles of olive Dutch sauce, which I was most excited about. For dinner, we enjoyed the wonderful gluing beef and Beijing duck tacos at Vault 21, and the most delicious and delicious three cheese souffles and configure the duck leg on the No 7 Balmac. It was a great meal even in Moiety's untrustworthy restaurant, where they sent me to heaven with a five-course tasting meal.

Tasting in the village

Food was something like a combination of kiwi ingredients served with French techniques and a Japanese twist. There was so many clever techniques and a combination of tastes in each of the courses, but above all I loved a salmon stomach with toasted nori paste and radish and amazing red beet production. I only weaken to think about them. It was so good that it deserves a complete overview (it is coming soon). "

She said: "At the Farmer's Market I ate juicy apples and my mother allowed me to have breakfast for pizza.

Pizza for breakfast at Otago Farmers: Dunedin from children

There was a special restaurant named Moiety and I had a wonderful toast pate. Then I was supposed to eat the most delicious dessert ever made of apples and meringues. I also liked the super crunchy chicken on Tao, but I did not know about the black dumplings! I ate the whole pizza myself at Zucchini Bros because it was so wonderful! And I had to eat the whole wall of desserts at the science festival, which was amazing. But my favorite place was the Ocho Chocolate Café because we drank hot chocolate and tasted all the chocolate flavors and learned how chocolate was made. I think chocolate is my favorite subject. "


Dunedin is about art, and Dunedin Street Art Trail is a prerequisite for visiting families. City walls are an evolving gallery of incredible works of art by local and international street artists and a fun trail and a colorful way to explore Dunedin.

He said: "Dunedin is a pretty unusual place, as my mom's love with their jangles of old indie rock bands has come to Dunedin to see when the dinosaurs still stalk the streets There's still a lot of live music and frosty fashion but the Indian atmosphere has spread throughout her wall.

Duendin Street Art with children: tuatara

We loved the streets on the streets of the city to see some of the best works of art, though we would probably enjoy her more if my mother did not take the vocals of a Straightjacket Fits band all the time. Sheesh! There were some serious works of art and some serious strange ones, which of course were my favorites.

Dunedin Street Street

Especially I loved a giant native, a steam punk submarine and an eagle. "

She said: "The walls in Dunedin are all covered with paintings and crazy things.

Dunedin with Kids: Exploring Street Art

My favorite images were about a boy who hunted the clouds and the lady with the flowers near our hotel and the crazy horse and the lizard eating their own tail. I wish I could also paint on the walls. "


Dunedin's stunning Renaissance Renaissance-stye railway station is the starting point for many amazing railroads. We were so happy to go on the Dunedin Railway along the picturesque Taieris Gorge to Middlemarch, passing through the ever changing scenery as we drove along Taieri rails, rocked into the Taieri Valley and crossed the ten tunnels through countless bridges and viaducts. It is one of the most distinguished rail juniors in the world, and comments on its engineering achievements and history, along with threatening views, kept the kids enthusiastic all the way. Middlemarch horseback riding and rollerblading and picnic from Kissing Gate Café added a dawn to this wonderful cake.

He said: "I never knew that a train ride could be so epic. Our train ride led us through the Taueri Valley to Middlemarch, which sounds like a kind of place you could find in Hobbit. When we talk about it, the train actually knocked its way through the rock formations in Sutton which were used in movies! You know that when the orcs persecute Bilbao and his friends on the back of the wolves … well, I know it's like the whole movie, but this was one of the places that the orcs hunted on wolves.

And the train's path has passed some magnificent scenery and cold viaducts and bridges. It was such a nice day when we halted the train halfway, so we could all jump out so we could enjoy the views.

Waiting for the Dunedin train station at Sutton

Middlemarch was not really that much Hobbit, but it was great. A horse and a cart were waiting for us when we left the train and went for a picnic between the orc rocks at Salt Lake. Our lunch was from a place called Kissing Gate Café, and we drank on still hot roasted sandwiches filled with indescribable fools, as well as cakes and southern sushi (toasty cheese).

Kids playing in the rocks around Sutton Salt Lake. Dunedin Railway

We went down the rocks and jumped in the air as if we were being persecuted by the orcs. Then we grabbed the train home from the small railway station literally nowhere, orcless and happy "

She said: "We went on a train trip through a big gorge, we crossed big bridges like Harry Potter, and I thought our train was Hogwart's Express, but they did not sell Bertie Bott's coffee shops at Every- Flavour Beans But they had cakes and cakes We ran horses, baby cows and sheep and count a bunch of bunnies When we got to Middlemarch we went to horse and ride a friendly horse but it was best a cute puppy named Spike, whom we could have left in the wheelchair.

Horses and trolley MIddlemarch

We went to a special picnic with food and cakes between crazy rocks and we have to climb and jump and have fun with our new friends. "


Everyone knows about the iconic Kiwi in New Zealand, but these little boys are not the only feather pool that will be around Dunedin and the Otago peninsula. The rare Southern Kaka island (color parrot) and a few Takahe (indigenous no-fly birds) can be found at Orokonui Ecosanctuary. But to the end, adorable, go to the Royal Blue Albatross Center for Little Blue Penguin Guided Tours at dusk. There is a dedicated viewing platform and interactive walkway to keep the penguins safe, and instead of the smallest penguins of the world that have risen from the water to their gardens, it is an incredible view. Less cute but certainly magnificent are the colonies of northern royal Albatross resorts with three-meter wings! Just wrap several layers because it is cool in them.

He said: The Royal Albatross Center was cool and I think freezing! They had to wear about three hundred layers of clothing there because it was so cold.

Royal Albatross Center Dunedin with Kids

But it was also great because I was able to learn everything about Albatross, which is like a teaspoon and has a wingspan of up to three meters wide. They are so big that you could sit down one of these things and fly! Yeehah! But we went to see the Blue Penguins in their natural environment. They are the smallest penguin in the world and we watched them as they set off from the sea to the beach with their penguin buddies and slip into their cliffs on the cliff. They were pretty cute, though they are very noisy and dirty – a bit like my sister when I face my face. "

She said: "They have really funny birds in New Zealand like Moa, which is like a huge mega emu but its extinct, they also have kiwi and huge albatrosses." I got fluffy to bring me here from where we saw my favorite birds, super cute penguins.

Little Blue Penguins Dunedin

We had to watch them as they came from the sea and slipped out of the penguin highway into their little houses. I like to listen to everyone talking because it sounds like a penguin. "


For families in Dunedin there is no shortage of accommodation. From mountain hotels and boutiques to apartment stays, recreational parks, and even castle accommodation, there is something for every family and every budget.

He said: "Scenic Hotel Southern Cross was really well located in downtown Dunedin and seemed really close to everything we had a parking place in the parking lot but could Octagon and the railway station and plenty of good places to eat. The staff was very friendly and friendly and our room was super comfortable and modern.

Kid friendly Scenic Hotel Southern Cross Dunedin

One thing I noticed is that the room service was super fast and super good. We barely had to wait until we got anything. And because we were exhausted during the days when we were there, she always fell asleep before me, and I was really late to watch the movies in bed without realizing it. Bonus! "

She said: "The hotel we used to stay was really nice and comfortable and I had to share big beds with my mom. I think people have to learn how to work there, otherwise they are the prettiest people at all.

The scenic Southern Cross Dunedin Hotel is ideal for families

I'm also glad that there was such a great street art around the hotel. The next time we visit Dunedin, I would like to stay there again, but I would also like to stay at Lanarch Castle for one night because they have a big house where you could live and that would be really cool. "

Release: The Living Worlds were guests of Enterprise Dunedin, but the food was independently paid and, as always, all opinions, science nerding, train spotting and face fulfillment are our own.

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