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8-10 October 2021

Wild Dunedin is celebrating koanga (spring) over a long weekend during the school holidays from 8-10 October 2021. Check out Spring Edition and please share with friends and whanau.

Covid 19: All the events and activities in the Wild Dunedin Spring Edition are covered by the Covid 19 level that Dunedin is under at the time. Please contact the organisation running the event for relevant information.     


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Spring is a Wild Time in Ōtepoti

by Wild Dunedin

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

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"The tui and kowhai fit together like hand in a glove", Rod Morris

Counting Bush Birds in the Town Belt

by Birds NZ

Sunday 10th October from 9am - Participate in 5-minute bird counts at ten stations along the Town Belt. Members of Birds NZ will train those interested in helping to monitor birds in the Town Belt. It's also a chance to learn and practise bird identification skills that you can use in your own backyard and for the annual Garden Bird Survey. Meet at Moana Pool carpark at 9.00 am.

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Host Alison Ballance will be known by many in Dunedin as she spent 18 years producing and directing wildlife documentaries for NHNZ.

Alison Ballance - Spring Edition Guest

by Wild Dunedin

Alison Ballance spent 18 years producing and directing wildlife documentaries for NHNZ in Dunedin, and until recently presented RNZ National’s Our Changing World. The author of 29 books, she is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to natural history, film making, and broadcasting.

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Seaweed and Sushi Cruise

by Port to Port Cruises & Wildlife Tours

Sunday 10 October 2 tours: Tour 1 -Port Chalmers at 10am or Portobello at 10.15am. Tour 2: Port Chalmers at 3:35pm or Portobello at 3:45pm. Join skipper Rachel and edible seaweed expert Izumi, onboard MV Sootychaser on this new Port to Port experience Depart on a cruise either from Port Chalmers or Portobello, for an edible seaweed experience. First tour is nearly SOLD OUT.

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Fight for the Forests by Paul Bensemann, Potton & Burton, 2019

Fight for the Forests

by Otago Museum

Sunday 10 October 3pm-4.30pm, Hutton Theatre. It’s been over 50 years since the Save Manapouri Petition was submitted to Parliament in 1970, a petition signed by almost 10% of New Zealand’s population. Some say this campaign was the awakening of our nation’s appreciation and desire to preserve our native forests. At this free event hosted by the incredible Alison Ballance, hear from author Paul Bensemann, and botanist Dr Peter Johnson. They will discuss yesterday’s campaigns to save our forests, analyse today’s problems, and ponder tomorrow’s challenges. Book a place at this free event.

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Paul Bensemann, author of "Fight for the Forests"

Paul Bensemann -‘Fight for the Forests’

by Wild Dunedin

On Sunday 10 October at 3pm at Otago Museum meet author Paul Bensemann in a panel discussion on our native forests hosted by broadcaster Alison Ballance. 'Fight for the Forests' tells of the 1970s conservation campaigns, the people and the strategies undertaken to save the forests we treasure today.

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Wild Dunedin Committee Meeting by Kerry Mackay

Wild Inspiration: An Evening with Two Artists

by Otago Museum

Sunday 10 October - 5.30pm Hutton Theatre. Enjoy a Sunday evening out at Otago Museum, enjoy a drink and hear from Dunedin artists Kerry Mackay and Janet de Wagt. Kerry Mackay is a local artist who uses textiles to create whimsical, multi-dimensional pieces and is one half of Dunedin duo – theartdept. Janet de Wagt is a painter whose highly expressive landscape paintings are readily identifiable and often capture the wilder side of the lower half of the South Island. Both artists work with found materials and inspire school children to create art projects that connect with the natural world. They both exhibit at Gallery de Novo, one of Dunedin’s leading galleries.

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Spring Medicinal Plant Walk and Walking Meditation

by Stephen Parker

Sunday 10th October 1.30pm-3.30pm at Bethune’s Gully, North Dunedin. Treat yourself to some nature time and reconnect with the traditional knowledge of plant medicine on Your guide Stephen Parker (PhD), a herbalist, wildcrafter and outdoor educator will teach you traditional uses of introduced and native plants. You will learn how to ethically and sustainably harvest wild medicinal plants, and learn techniques of walking meditation and nature therapy.

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Monarch Wildlife Cruise view from Taiaroa Head looking over to Aramoana ecological area of wetlands and salt marsh.

$10 Monarch Wildlife Cruises

by Monarch Wildlife Cruises

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 October 2021 at 1.45pm and 4pm Monarch Wildlife Cruises are offering 30-minute tours at this special price to view ocean wildlife on board MV Monarch from Wellers Rock Wharf, Ōtākou, Otago Peninsula. Arrange your own transport to Wellers Rock.

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Special Screening

by Otago Museum

Saturday 9 October 6.00pm. Film maker Scott Mouat will introduce his film 'Brave New Wilderness' on the remarkable success story behind rescuing two of New Zealand’s species from extinction and establishing a brave new wilderness for them to call home. This special screening is brought to you by Wild Dunedin, with an introduction from the award-winning cinematographer, director and photographer and film maker, Scott Mouat. The screening will take place at level 2, but not in the Planetarium.

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A refreshing spring dip...Stephen offers an optional cold water immersion swim after the medicinal plant walk at Aramoana on Saturday 9 October.

Aramoana Wild Spring Medicinal Plant Walk

by Stephen Parker

Saturday 9 October 1pm-2.30pm. Join bioregional herbalist Stephen Parker on a restorative medicinal plant walk at Aramoana. Stephen will share insights into a range of introduced and native local plant species that can be crafted into safe and effective plant medicine. Optional wild cold-water immersion and breath work session 2.30-3pm.

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Dunedin's famous Animal Attic at Otago Museum 

Animal Attic Family Tour

by Otago Museum

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 October at 3pm. Join us these school holidays for a special Wild Dunedin- inspired family tour to meet weird and wonderful creatures in Dunedin’s favourite gallery, Animal Attic. Join us for a special Wild Dunedin-inspired family tour to meet weird and wonderful creatures in

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The Good, the Bad and the Bugly

by Otago Museum

Saturday 9 October at 2pm. What are all the little critters in my garden? Are they good guys or bad guys? Why are they there? Should I be trying to get rid of them? Join Cody Phillips, Collection Manager Natural Science, for a light-hearted talk that will attempt to answer all of these questions and more.

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Nature in Dunedin

by Otago Museum

Saturday 9 October at 11am. Albatross and spoonbills, finches and ducks, Dunedin has some lovely birds and some gorgeous locations to visit to see them! Join Cody Phillips, Collection Manager Natural Science, on a gallery-based tour of Dunedin’s birding hotspots. You don’t need any level of fitness for this birdwatching tour!

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Getting up close to wildlife on a Monarch Wildlife Cruise.

50% Discount Monarch Wildlife Cruise ⛴

by Monarch Wildlife Cruises

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 October at 2.30pm get a half price one-hour cruise to view ocean wildlife on board MV Monarch departing from Wellers Rock Wharf, Ōtākou, Otago Peninsula. Arrange your own transport to Wellers Rock.

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Otago Harbour cycleway at Pineapple Rock close to Portobello.

Port to Portobello Ferry - Bike or Hike

by Port to Port Cruises & Wildlife Tours

Departing Port Chalmers 12.55pm and returning from Portobello jetty at 3.15pm daily over the weekend. Take the Ferry and bike/hike through regenerating forest at Portobello over to the Back Bays and Lower Portobello. Or enjoy an easy ride on the cycle track along the Harbour to Broad Bay and back. Map provided on the ferry.

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On a clear day up at Larnach Castle you get great views of the Otago Peninsula Harbour.  

Early Bird Special at Larnach Castle

by Larnach Castle

Early bird 8.30-9.30 am: $27/adult and children (ages 0-14) go free. During the spring holidays you can visit Larnach Castle and the garden of international significance with a trail map of the extensive collection of native plants and children go free with one paying adult.

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Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua - an island in Otago Harbour with a colourful history.

Ferry to Historic Treasure Hunt

by Port to Port Cruises & Wildlife Tours

Departs12:55pm from Port Chalmers or 1:15pm from Portobello on Friday 8, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 October. Visit Quarantine Island /Kamau Taurua on the Port to Port ferry for a family historic treasure hunt over the weekend. Explore this historic island quarantine facility that was used from 1870-1924 to keep Dunedin residents safe from contagious diseases from overseas. At the playground look for treasure on this historic island!

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Livestream: Living in the Low Tide - Rocky Shore Explore

by NZ Marine Studies Centre

Friday 8 October online at 12pm. Join Tamlyn and Hanna live as they explore the low tide zone along our rocky shore! Get up close to amazing local biodiversity and find out how our animals and seaweeds survive with the changing tides. We'll also continue practicing te reo Māori names for common species!

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Otago Peninsula Fallen Soldiers' Memorial - you will be rewarded by  phenomenal views after a steep 10 minute walk.

Otago Peninsula Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial 1914-1918

by Suzanne Middleton, Wild Dunedin

Sitting on an enormous rock and with 360 degree views, it’s a place of history, nature and reflection. Unveiled in front of a large crowd in 1923, this memorial to WW1 soldiers with a connection to Otago Peninsula is an impressive symbol of collective grief. A steep but short 10 minute walk to a height of 280 metres. 15 – 20 minute drive from Dunedin.

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This tūī photograph won Jack Aubin the 2020 Otago Museum Photo Competition for Under-14 Animal category.

What’s that bird?

by Otago Museum

Friday 8 October at 2pm, Barclay Theatre. Have you ever looked out your window and wondered what that cute, wee bird was? Join Cody Phillips, Collection Manager Natural Science on for a whirlwind tour of a virtual Dunedin garden. There will be photos of birds you might see fly by your window in Dunedin suburbs, where in your garden you might see them, what the different birds are like, and what they like so you can attract more of these beautiful creatures into your garden.

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Makerspace - where you can craft together with your community at Otago Museum

Makerspace: Treasures of the Museum

by Otago Museum

Monday 4 - Friday 15 October, Otago Museum has the Makerspace tables open all day. Make your own wild friend at Otago Museum’s Makerspace. Create your own Flappy Penguin with moving parts to take on wild adventures with you!

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Fibreglass cast of Hoodwinker species of sunfish.

Sunfish Surprise!

by Otago Museum

Friday 8 October at 11am, Barclay Theatre. Hear from Otago Museum’s own Natural Science Curator, Emma Burns about the fascinating and hefty sunfish in this family-friendly free talk.

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Life on the Hidden Continent. Planetarium Show

Zealandia - Planetarium Show

by Otago Museum

8-10 October at 12.30pm - don’t miss out on this special Planetarium screening on offer one weekend only 'Life on the Hidden Continent' - in 2017, a team of researchers announced the greatest geological discovery of our time: the existence of an eighth continent, almost completely submerged beneath the Pacific Ocean. They called their discovery Zealandia. . All tickets are on offer at Kids pricing for Wild Dunedin special screenings!

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Be immersed in the world of a rare Australian sea lion pup and his mother through the large Planetarium screen.

Planetarium Show - Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker

by Otago Museum’s Perpetual Guardian Planetarium

8 –10 October at 3.30, Planetarium. Dive into the world of a rare sea lion pup – and meet the people that are trying to save her species. Narrated by Sam Neill - don’t miss out on this special one weekend only offer. All tickets are on offer at Kids price of $7 for Wild Dunedin Spring Edition.

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Nesting time for the lovely mātātā (fernbird)

Kids Go Free at Orokonui!

by Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Friday 8 - Sunday 10 October. Make Orokonui Ecosanctuary part of your Spring Wild Weekend adventure in Dunedin and be in the draw to win an annual family pass! Pick up a free kids activity pack on your way in, explore the tracks and trails through the cloud forest. Meet the wild creatures that call the ecosanctuary home. Finish your visit with lunch at Horopito Cafe that includes a yummy new kid's menu!

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Northern Royal Albatross crusing home to Taiaroa Head, Otago Peninsula.

Unique History and Wildlife Special

by The Royal Albatross Centre

8-10 October enjoy a 50% discount at the Royal Albatross Centre for their 90-minute Unique Taiaroa Tours.

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Orokonui Estuary - a peaceful place just 20 minutes drive from the city.

Orokonui Estuary Walk

by Suzanne Middleton, Wild Dunedin

An easy 3km loop walk through a variety of landscape from estuary to the tallest tree in Aotearoa and areas of regenerating forest. The walk takes about an hour, with a hilly section through the forest on the eastern side of the estuary. No dogs are allowed on this walk.

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