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Spring is a Wild Time in Ōtepoti

Wild Dunedin —

Spring's a splendid time to enjoy the outdoors. Explore Dunedin's wildlife and wild places over the school holidays.

The Spring Edition programme is in addition to our annual week long Wild Dunedin Festival in April 2022.

Outdoors you can go on an expedition to identify edible seaweed, catch the ferry across the harbour between Port Chalmers and Portobello and take your bike with you, find treasure on Quarantine Island, catch a cheap deal on a Monarch Wildlife Cruise or a visit to the Royal Albatross Centre and Disappearing Gun, take a few children with you to fabulous Larnach Castle and Garden at a discounted price, or find medicinal plants at Aramoana.

Image by: Monarch Wildlife Cruises

If the weekend turns on some tough weather, there are plenty of inside options. Otago Museum will be hosting a range of nature based activities including tours, crafts, movies in the Planetarium, a chance to get up close with butterflies, millipedes and stick insects in the Tropical Forest, and an opportunity to hear two local artists talk about how nature inspires their work over a glass of wine.

Justine Davies is passionate about the walks available around our city and has helped Wild Dunedin to promote self-guided wild walks to locals and visitors.  — Image by: Melina Momma

In Ōtepoti nature’s right on our doorstep, so why not explore some of our wild places on foot? We’re including a few self-guided walks that are very close to town in the Spring Edition

You will also have the opportunity to hear guests Alison Ballance and Paul Bensemann, both staunch advocates for the natural world, take part in a special session at Otago Museum on our native forests, with a panel of experts.

And there’s plenty more in the Spring Edition’s packed programme.