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2019 Programme

 Thank you for taking a look at our 2019 Festival Programme.

Please share with your friends and family as we want as many people as possible to Go Wild from April 22 to 28 2019.


Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau/Sinclair Wetlands 

22-28 April 2019

by Wild Dunedin

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Sea lions and pups at play on Otago coast.

Exploring the Realm of the Sea Lion

by Dunedin Public Libraries and New Zealand Sea Lion Trust

Come along for a great fun kids' workshop presented by the New Zealand Sea Lion Trust at the Dunedin City Library on Saturday 27th April 2-4pm. Learn about our local NZ Sea Lion whanau – discover what they eat, how to tag a sea lion pup, and many more fascinating facts. Workshop is suitable for 8+yrs.** Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult**.

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The Town Belt Kaitiaki

by Wild Dunedin & Town Belt Kaitiaki

At Wall Street Mall from 12 to 3 pm on Tuesday 23 April the Town Belt Kaitiaki students will help you to colour an art panel and talk about the wildlife that is living in the Town Belt now and some that may return once the predators have gone. Find out who the Town Belt Kaitiaki are.and what these students want to achieve in the Town Belt.

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Kayaking at Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau/Sinclair Wetlands, New Zealand's largest privately owned wetland on the Taieri Plain.

Plant and Paddle Day - CANOE TRIPS SOLD OUT but still welcome to explore and help with planting.

by Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau/Sinclair Wetlands

On Sunday 28 April from 10am Sinclair Wetlands Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau is hosting guided canoe trips that will appeal to people with all levels of experience. Children under 13 can take part in the tree planting activities.

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Left: 2019 Wild Hero Sir Alan Mark, right: Freshwater Ecologist Dr Mike Joy in conversation at Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum on Sunday 28 April 3pm.

Freshwater: A Conversation with Sir Alan Mark and Dr Mike Joy

by Otago Museum & Wild Dunedin

Join naturalist Peter Hayden at the Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum on Sunday 28 April at 3pm for a conversation with Sir Alan Mark and Dr Mike Joy, two of our foremost conservation experts and advocates. Hear their thoughts, stories, and insights into the state of New Zealand’s freshwater systems in this intimate and interactive experience, as they take us on a journey from the mountains to the sea.

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Observing munida at NZ Marine Studies Centre at Portobello

Wild food webs & fishy feasts 🏅

by NZ Marine Studies Centre

How do local sea creatures adapt to catch their food, avoid predators and stay alive? Find out on Sunday 28 April at the NZ Marine Studies Centre, Portobello. Book for workshop sessions 12.30-2pm or 3–4.30pm

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The Sootychaser with skipper Rachel McGregor

Ferry from Port Chalmers to Wild Food Webs & Fishy Feasts

by Port to Port Cruises & Wildlife Tours and NZ Marine Studies Centre

It's a long drive from Port Chalmers to Portobello so on Sunday 28 April Port to Port Cruises & Wildlife Tours and NZ Marine Studies Centre have made it easier and fun getting from one side of the harbour to the other.

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"Photo is a juvenile wandering albatross, which is an unusual sight for us.  We never know what delights await our guests!", Neil Harraway, Monarch Wildlife Cruises

Open Ocean Tour

by Monarch Wildlife Cruises

Monarch Wildlife Cruises are offering a full day pelagic photography expedition on Sunday 28 April from 8am to approx 3pm. This expedition for photographers goes 15km out to sea, above Otago Canyons.

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People enjoying the Town Belt Traverse in 2015

Town Belt Traverse

by Dunedin Amenities Society

On Sunday 28 April take a self-guided walk with interpretation of the Town Belt's history and ecological importance. The walk starts at the historic Southern Cemetery and finishes at Woodhaugh Gardens.

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Giant kōkopu (15-20cm long)  have no scales, but instead have a slick, leathery skin with golden patterns that are unique to each fish, like a set of fingerprints.

Setting up a Native Freshwater Aquarium

by Otago Museum

On Sunday 28 April at 1.30pm in the Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum, Stella McQueen, an expert on freshwater tanks, will give an illustrated talk on setting up a native freshwater aquarium at home. Stella has lots of stories about the lives and personalities of our little known native freshwater even if you don't want to set up an aquarium, this event will grow your understanding and appreciation of our freshwater inhabitants.

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DoC Expo at Woodhaugh Gardens in 2017.

'Making a Change' Expo . 🏅

by Department of Conserrvation

On Sunday 28 April from 12-3pm at Woodhaugh Gardens to coincide with the Town Belt Traverse is a family event and sausage sizzle showcasing fun ways to get involved in conservation with activities from Department of Conservation and community groups.

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 During the winter of 2013 seven Kotuku (white herons) made Tomahawk Lagoon their home and occasionally one is still present.  

Tomahawk Lagoon Bird Watching 🏅

by Birds NZ

You’ll be surprised at the variety and specialness of birds to be found on Dunedin City’s doorstep. Come to see birds close–up on Tomahawk Lagoon on Saturday 27 April from 10am to noon using spotting scopes. Birds NZ members will help identify the birds. Bring binoculars, if you have them.

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Larnach Abuzz

by Larnach Castle

On Saturday 27 April from 1-4pm Larnach Castle is offering a garden tour and an introduction to beekeeping. Head gardener Fiona Eadie will showcase a wide range of plants, with an emphasis on those that attract bees. Apiarist Robert Waddell follows with an introduction to beekeeping, concluding with a honey extraction, using the same extractor that was used at the Castle in the 1880's. After a tasting of honey be treated to an afternoon tea in the castle conservatory.

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Running for lift off of her penguin kite at Wild Dunedin's 2016 kite flying event 

Flying penguin competition (pt2 of kite making event)

by Larnach Castle and Dunedin City Library

Can penguins fly - of course they can! Bring your decorated kite to Camp Estate (next to Larnach Castle) between 11–1pm Saturday 27 April. SPOT PRIZES for the best decorated, most inventive, smallest kite and the kite that flys the highest.

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I hikaina te ahi tītī, engari i Whakapoapoa kē i te pepe. The fire was lit to attract the muttonbirds and the moths flew into it

Moths and Me

by Otago Museum

Join Dr Barb Anderson, Wild Dunedin festival guest Stacey Morrison, and the Ahi Pepe MothNet team at the Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum on Saturday 27 April at 10.30am to learn just how amazing moths are. Make a badge, get an up-close look at moths through the microscope, take part in story time, learn some new te reo Māori and songs, transform yourself into a moth with face paint and much more!

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 NZ Sea Lions hanging out at the Elm Wildlife Reserve on the Otago Peninsula.

Marine Mammals of Wild Dunedin 🏅

by Monarch Wildlife Cruises and Elm Wildlife Tours

Half price for 6 hours of premium wildlife adventure with Elm Wildlife Tours and Monarch Wildlife Cruises on Saturday 27 April 12.30–6.30pm. On board will be marine mammal experts on NZ Fur Seals, NZ Sea Lions and Leopard Seals. A half day event on water and land to enjoy ocean wildlife.

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Penguin Wall outside Vogel Street Kitchen by artist and illustrator, Emma Francesca

Wild Street Art Walking Tour

by Small City, Big Walls Street Art Tours

Hear the real life stories of creatures portrayed on our city’s walls on Saturday 27 April from 3pm-4.30pm from the Octagon to Vogel Street with Victoria Gilliand from Small City Big Walls and nature presenter Peter Hayden.

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A keen group of citizen scientists and high school and intermediate school students have met fortnightly to monitor the biodivefrsity, chemical and physical patterns of the Tomahawk Lagoon.

Tomahawk Lagoon Citizen Science OPEN DAY


On Saturday 27 April from 10-2pm at Domain Hall, 307 Tomahawk Road, see how ECOTAGO is working hard to improve the ecological health of the Lagoon for people, wildlife and plants.

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Mother takahe Paku with one of her new takahe chicks at Orokonui Ecosanctuary.   

Walk for Wildlife

by Orokonui Ecosanctuary - Te Korowai o Mihiwaka

On Saturday 27 April at 10am Go Wild on a fascinating 12km hike through the beautiful Orokonui Ecosanctuary forest and estuary to raise funds towards food for Takahē and Kākā.

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Every year for the Wild Dunedin festival Brendan Flack takes people on a Saturday morning walk around the wahi tapu, Te Pā ā Te Wera in Karitāne and every year we receive great reviews from those attending.

Guided Walk on the Dramatic Huriawa Peninsula, Karitane 🏅

by Puketeraki Rununga

Puketeraki Rūnanga is offering a 90 minute free guided walk on Saturday 18 April through the historic Te Pā ā Te Wera on the dramatic Huriawa Peninsula. Walk starts 1.30 pm. (time tbc)

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Leith River runs through the Otago University Campus

Leith River Expo-dition 🏅

by Wild Dunedin

Wild Dunedin on Saturday 27 April from 12-3pm is taking you on a guided walking expo on a section of the 'Love Your Leith River Walk'. Get to know our city's river with our guides stopping at activity stations along the Leith, through the Botanic Garden and ending at Woodhaugh Gardens. Guided tours are starting under the Clyde Street bridge from 12-1pm. You are welcome to collect a map and be your own guide in this walking expo.

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Fraser Lawrence holding a brown trout

Lab on the River 🏅

by Catchments Otago & Forest & Bird

This is the end point and highlight of the Leith Expo-dition on Saturday 27 April from 12-3pm at Woodhaugh Gardens.

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The Flying Penguin Kite Workshop

by Dunedin City Library and Larnach Castle

Join us on Friday 26 April from 10am–12noon at the City Library for our special Wild Dunedin kite workshop and make your very own kite. Be in fast as every year this free workshop books out quickly.

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The Lower Harbour, Otago by John Barr Clarke Hoyte 1876 watercolour on paper

Art & Nature Floor Talk

by Dunedin Public Art Gallery

On Friday 26 April at 11am join Lynda Cullen, Visitor Programme Coordinator at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery as she talks about the nature of water in various New Zealand works on display in the Gallery, including John Reynolds’ BIG WALL work The Falls.

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Peripatus art by Kerry Mackay of theartdept

NatureHQ -Make a Peripatus SOLD OUT

by NatureHQ & theartdept @ Comunity Gallery

Kerry from theartdept will lead an art workshop to make a Peripatus sculpture out of cabbage tree - Ti Kouka leaves and colourful wool at NatureHQ on Friday 26 April from 1-2.30pm.

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Penguin Place Rehabilitaton Centre for Yellow-Eyed Penguins.

Helping Hoiho @ Penguin Place

by Penguin Place

On Friday 26 and Sunday 28 April at 1.30 pm find out what it is like to be a Hoiho/Yellow-Eyed Penguin on the mainland of New Zealand, plus a privileged view of the Penguin Rehabilitation Centre at Penguin Place.

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Peripatus is the common name for Onychophora,(pronounced ON E COUGH AURA). Onychophora comes from the Greek language, and means "claw-bearer", in reference to the claws that all these animals have on the ends of their (many!) feet.   

NatureHQ - Peripatus

by NatureHQ, The Community Gallery & Dave Randle

Dunedin is one of three known cities in the world where Peripatus (Onychophora) live. Come and see them up close at NatureHQ on Friday 26 April, 11am-12pm.

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NZ Sea Lion

Wild Bus to Otago Peninsula 🚍 🏅

by Wild Dunedin Wild Bus

On Friday 26 April depart 10am from the Octagon by the i-SITE visitors centre for the Wild Bus Tour with your tour guides Nature Chasers, Taylor Davies-Colley and Samuel Purdie and a special guest to the Otago Peninsula. This bus tour is for those not normally able to travel by car to the Otago Peninsula. The bus will return to the Octagon by 2pm.

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 "The more you feed the more they breed... and that’s what we need!" Tahu Mackenzie

Feeding Birds in the Garden

by NatureHQ & PekaPeka Bird Feeders

On Friday 26 April from 10-11am PekaPeka Bird Feeder designers Tahu Mackenzie from Orokonui Ecosanctuary and Harvey Penfold will be at NatureHQ to share the wonders of the pest resistant PekaPeka and answer any questions on how to help our native birds! At the end of the session there will be a prize draw and someone will win a PekaPeka Bird Feeder to be personally installed by Tahu and Harvey.

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PekaPeka bird feeders are designed by Tahu Mackenzie and Harvey and are stocked in Mitre10 Mega as seen here. 

Win a PekaPeka Bird Feeder

by NatureHQ Prize Draw

The more you feed the more they breed... and that’s what we need! PekaPeka Bird Feeder designers Tahu Mackenzie and Harvey Penfold are giving away a free feeder at NatureHQ after their "Feeding Birds in the Garden" session on Friday 26 April 10-11am. Enter the draw at any of our festival promotion days or at NatureHQ from Wednesday 23 April.

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7x7 Wild Talks - 'Small Things, Big Stories'

by Otago Museum & Wild Dunedin

Seven speakers have seven minutes to argue for their wild 'thing', but you and the Wild Dunedin MC – radio and TV broadcaster Stacey Morrison from The Hits – will ultimately decide the winner! This signature event takes place at the Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum at 5.30pm on Friday 26 April. Be there for the presentation of the Wild Hero Award and the outcome of the Wild Writing Competition.

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Calling all Nature Detectives for the OPBG Bio-Blitz 

Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group BIO-BLITZ🏅

by Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group

Drop in to the OPBG Bio-Blitz headquarters in Waverley on Friday 26 April from 1-4pm to get excited about the hidden biodiversity at the gateway to the Otago Peninsula. Get plants and bugs identified by experts, learn to identify some critters and plants that we have brought for you and make your own "pocket herbarium".

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Explore the Dunedin Night Sky

by Dunedin Astronomical Society

The Beverly-Begg Observatory is an amazing place to come and see the real night sky. We offer laser tours of the sky, to look through telescopes, and go inside the dome. Learn about the solar system from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 April from 7.30 – 9.30pm . Hopefully if it’s a clear night you might even get to see some planets!

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These flashy little fish are Bluegill bullies and found nowhere else in the world, and, like most New Zealand freshwater fish, could use a helping hand. (Forest & Bird)   

Wild Books @ Lunchtime (Late)

by Dunedin City Library

Stella McQueen is a native fish and pond bug enthusiasist and will be talking about her book "A Photographic Guide to Freshwater Fishes of New Zealand" at the City Library on Friday 26 April at 1.15pm. She is a self confessed freshwater fish geek. In this session she will talk on why she produced this book and some of the stories about the fish and pond bug characters that she has got to know.

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Locusts and quail eggs from 2017 Wild Food Dinner

Wild Food Dinner at Glenfalloch

by Otago Peninsula Trust

Experience wild night dining with a surprising ‘Trust the Chef’ five course wild food dinner on ANZAC Day Thursday 25 April from 6pm-10pm in Glenfalloch’s garden setting. Sorry both dinners on Wednesday and Thursday now SOLD OUT.

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Kākā at Orokonui Ecosanctuary

The Kākā are Coming, Yeah Right!

by Wild Dunedin & Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group

Will the Halo effect from Orokonui Ecosanctuary mean there will soon be Kākā on the Otago Peninsula? Find out at Coronation Hall, Portobello on Thursday 25 April ANZAC at 5.30pm with the help of experts on Kākā including Orokonui Ecosanctuary's Conservation Manager Elton Smith. Hosted by Peter Hayden. Start the evening with an OPBG sausage sizzle at 5pm.

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Leopard Seal enjoying life on a Dunedin beach.

NatureHQ: Leopard Seals

by NatureHQ &

At NatureHQ on ANZAC Day Thursday 25 April from 2-2.45pm Giverny Forbes from tells you about these mysterious mammals and what to do if you see one on the beach.

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Orokonui Ecosanctuary has many wonderful bugs like this damselfly - come and see what bugs Inspector Insector will uncover in his bug hunts at the Orokonui Ecosanctuary Open Day.

Inspector Insector @ Orokonui Ecosanctuary

by Orokonui Ecosanctuary

As part of Orokonui Ecosanctuary's Open Day Wednesday 24 April there will be bug hunts and the official book launch of "FLY-SPY and the private eye - the story of Inspector Insector" by Gordon Thompson. Inspector Insector bug hunts are at 10.30 am and 2pm and the official book launch between 12-2pm . Catch these and many other events at Orokonui Ecosanctuary's first ever free Open Day.

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 			 				 					 						The penguin is in a onesie to prevent itself from plucking the feathers around a healing wound, the idea came after other methods failed. 

Wildlife ER

by Otago Museum

Bring your favourite toy animal to Otago Museum on Wednesday 14 April at 2pm and learn how to bandage injuries with the team from the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital. Plus, find out what goes on behind the scenes when it comes to receiving, treating and rehabilitating some of New Zealand's most treasured species.

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Penguin Place Nature Ramble 🏅

by Penguin Place

On Wednesday 24 April take one of three guided walks departing at 10am, 11am and 12 noon through regenerating native forest and wetland leading to this beach. On this special tour guides will point out some great plant specimens as well as talk about the conservation work/techniques carried out at Penguin Place.

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Inspector Insector written by Otago writer Gordon Thompson

Win a copy of this book at NatureHQ

by Inspector Insector & NatureHQ

"Fly-Spy and the Private Eye - the Story of Inspector Insector" is being launched at Orokonui Ecosanctuary during their Open Day and writer Gordon Thompson has sent us a copy to give away at NatureHQ. This is a perfect book for young readers as it tells a great detective story and at the same time the reader comes away with a new view of bugs and the world they inhabit.

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Sebastian and Reilly having a great time finding pesky pests at Glenfalloch during 2017 Wild Dunedin Festival.

Pesky pests hunt at Glenfalloch Garden 🏅

by Otago Peninsula Trust & Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group

On Wednesday 24 April 10am–12noon join the 'Pestival' with Glenfalloch and Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group. Learn about pests. Then armed with your map, find pesky pests to win a treat.

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Kaitrin McMullan @ NatureHQ with her pop-up puppet show in 2018

Fishy Frolicks Puppet Show

by tbc

At NatureHQ on Wednesday 24 April at 11am and on Thursday 25 April at 1pm storyteller Kaitrin McMullan and her puppet friends will take you on a journey up the creek and beyond. Kaitrin's puppet show was so popular last year that she is offering two puppet shows this year.

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 Blake Hollows bravely holding a Kōura  John Hollows.

Meet Freshwater Kōura

by NatureHQ & John Hollows, Community Gallery, 20 Princes Street

John Hollows has a fascination with Kōura, freshwater crayfish. On Wednesday 24 April from 1-2 pm he will be bringing in a tank of these endearing pond and river-dwellers to NatureHQ in the Community Gallery, 20 Princes Street.

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Robin at Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

Wild Bus to Orokonui Ecosanctuary - Te Korowai o Mihiwaka 🚍 🏅

by Wild Dunedin Wild Bus

On Wednesday 24 April depart 10am from the Octagon by the i-SITE visitors centre for the Wild Bus Tour with your tour guide Nature Chaser, Samuel Purdie and special guests to Orokonui Ecosanctuary. This bus tour is for those not by car to see the Ecosanctuary. The bus will return to the Octagon by 2pm.

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At Orokonui everyday at 11am it's Takahe feeding time.  Be there to  see this rare and so appealing native bird at the Ecosanctuary's free open day on Wednesday 24 April.

FREE Open Day @Orokonui Ecosanctuary...

by Orokonui Ecosanctuary - Te Korowai o Mihiwaka

Explore the tracks and trails of our unique cloud forest environment on our FREE OPEN DAY, Wednesday 24 April 9.30am-4pm. Meet the rare and endangered birds and reptiles that live here. Sample a range of new activities from the menu: join us for Takahē feeding, Tuatara Show and Tell, Rewild Your Child kids tours and Forest Meditation.

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Neville Peat - Wild Dunedin Patron and author of "The Invading Sea"

Wild Books @ Lunchtime

by Dunedin City Library

Join Neville Peat at the City Library from 12.15 to 12.45pm on Wednesday 24 April for highlights from his latest book "The Invading Sea" that shows the impact of climate change on our coast and is written for a general audience. Bring along your lunch and we will provide tea and coffee.

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"Walking The Meadows of The Otago Harbour" is  an interactive tour which exposes the secrets of the Otago Harbour sandflats. 

Walking the Meadows of Otago Harbour 🏅

by Port to Port Cruises & Wildlife Tours

On Wednesday 24 from 2pm-2.45pm at Tidewater Drive, Harwood, expert ecologist Brian Stewart is offering a tour to expose the secrets of Karepō or eelgrass. Find out about the marine life that rely on this habitat that looks just like a meadow on the Otago Harbour. A Wild Dunedin Flag onTidewater Drive will indicate the meeting point for the tour.

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The Sootychaser with skipper Rachel McGregor

Ferry to 'Walking The Meadows of Otago Harbour' 🏅

by Port to Port Cruises & Wildlife Tours

Cruise across the beautiful Otago harbour on the 'Sootychaser' from Back Beach, Port Chalmers on Wednesday 24 April with Port to Port Cruises & Wildlife Tours. Two tours leave from Port Chalmers to Harwood Sandflats at 12.45 and 2.30pm. On the cruise, view the birds on the Otago Harbour with an insightful commentary from our skipper, and experience a beach landing at Harwood Sandflats.

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Come and see us, we’d love to see you 🦎🦈🐟🦗🕷🦋🐧🐦🐤🐝🐛🐌🕸🐙🦀

by Wild Dunedin

From Wednesday 23 April to Sunday 28 April NatureHQ will be in operation in the Community Gallery (20 Princes St) just up from the Octagon towards Moray Place. There will be events, activities, videos, displays, competitions, surprises and festival programme information.

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 Wetlands not wastelands, overlooked for far too long.Restoration - the time is now. .

Wild Bus to Sinclair Wetlands - Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau 🚍 🏅

by Wild Dunedin Wild Bus Tour

On Tuesday 23 April depart 9.30am from the Octagon close to the i-SITE visitors centre for the first Wild Bus Tour with your tour guides Nature Chasers, Taylor Davies-Colley and Samuel Purdie to Sinclair Wetlands. The bus tour is for people not normally able to drive by car to Sinclair Wetlands. The bus is free but a koha for the wetlands would be most appreciated. The bus will return to the Octagon by 1.30pm.

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Monarch cruising on the harbour.

Storytime Cruise for Littlies ⚓

by Monarch Cruises

On Tuesday 23 April at 11am board the Monarch for a wee cruise on the calm harbour, then littlies will get a special nature story and even a song from our storyteller Pete. The cruise takes about 45 minutes...and will be back on land by 12pm.

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Kaitrin McMullan and her shadow puppets.

Arohaina Te Awa Shadowstream

by The Valley Project

On Tuesday 23 April from 2-4pm celebrate the magic mystery of our awa, the Lindsay Creek, and the stories she holds. Make your own shadow puppet screen plus puppets and be part of a performance at the end of the workshop. All materials supplied.

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Styled for the Wild at Otago Museum

Styled for the Wild - Makerspace

by Otago Museum

Check out the Nature gallery fromTuesday 23 April to Saturday 27 April at Otago Museum for inspiration. Then come to the Makerspace tables to create some wild fantail bunting, a creepy-crawly tunnel web spider or a gecko peg puppet. Plus, decorate a jigsaw piece to add to the 'Our Wild Dunedin' collaborative puzzle.

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Orangutan Jungle School - The Misfits 

Wild Movies @OM 📽

by Otago Museum

The Otago Museum will have free screenings in the Barclay Theatre at 2.30pm from Tuesday 23 April to Friday 26 April. Two films will be screened at each session: 'Lost – Flash and the Big Brown Bears' and 'Orangutan Jungle School – The Misfits'.

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Wild Books @ Lunchtime

by Dunedin City Library

Rob Tipa highlights the many uses Ngāi Tahu have for native plants from his recently published book 'Treasures of Tane' on Tuesday 23 April from 12.15-12.45 in the Dunningham Suite, 4th floor, City Library. This event is designed for those working to fit in an event over lunchtime. Bring your lunch and we will provide tea and coffee.

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New Zealand Sea Lion - Phocarctos hookeri

NZ Sea Lion Trust Pub Quiz

by NZ Sea Lion Trust

Gather a wild savvy team for a quiz night with a twist, with rounds on local and general wildlife on Tuesday 23 April at 7pm, The Kensington, 4 King Edward Street, South Dunedin. This event sold out really fast last year so be quick and book via the link below.

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A Wild Thirst for Knowledge on Tuesday 21 @ 5.30pm

A Wild Thirst for Knowledge

by Thirst For Knowledge

On Tuesday 23 April at 5.30pm at Ombrellos Kitchen & Bar you can enjoy a beer or coffee while learning something new about wildlife research happening right in your own backyard! Postgraduate students will each be given five minutes to talk about their research into Dunedin and Otago's native wildlife and environment.

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Halo Project - Bring Back Our Birds

by Halo Project & Port Chalmers Library

Come along to Port Chalmers Library at 6pm on Tuesday 23 April to find out more about what the Halo Project does and how you can get involved to protect our native species in Dunedin’s West Harbour and beyond.

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

“Deep Discount” Monarch Wildlife Cruise 🏅

by Monarch Wildlife Cruises

On Tuesday 23 April at 3.30pm get closer to nature for half price. Monarch Wildlife Cruises will help you encounter and understand the unique animals of the wild southern ocean.

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Royal Albatross at Taiaroa Head.

Royal Albatross Express Tours 22-28 April 🏅

by Otago Peninsula Trust

Join us at the tip of the Otago Peninsula for a special 30min express tour to see our albatross chicks. Tours run every day over the festival from 10.30am - 3pm, as well as fun-filled activities for the kids.

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Aramoana by Moonlight - SOLD OUT

by Aramoana Conservation Trust

Aramoana is magical on a full moon. On Easter Monday 22 April at 7.30 let the Aramoana Conservation Trust take you on a guided night walk to watch the full moon rise out of the sea. Followed by a cup of tea/coffee and a scone with event ending at 9pm. A perfect way to end a holiday and to celebrate Earth Day.

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University Bookshop  has in stock all the books featured in our Wild Books @ Lunchtime events at the Dunedin City Library

Wild Books Window

by The University Bookshop

During the festival 22-28 April The University Bookshop will have a window display of books in celebration of Wild Dunedin.

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Otago Jewelled Gecko 

Manawa's Travels

by Otago Museum

Meet Otago Museum’s living treasure , Manawa the moko kākāriki (Jewelled Gecko) from 23-28 April at 3.30pm on the Atrium level 1. Learn about ithe unique characteristics and cultural significance of moko kākāriki and hear about Manawa’s epic travels.

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Yellow-Eyed Penguin calling its mate

Penguin Place 90 Minute Guided Tours Discounted 🏅

by Penguin Place

Every day during the festival there will be a 25% discounted tour at 3.45pm at Penguin Place. Observe the shy Yellow Eyed Penguins through a unique system of covered trenches and viewing hides.

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Enjoying the freedom of space in nature at Long Beach

Wild Dunedin EARTH DAY Photo Competition

by Wild Dunedin

Take a photo amongst nature on Earth Day 22 April (Easter Monday) and you could win family passes to Royal Albatross and Pukekura Blue Penguins. Photo must be taken on the day and be at least 2mb size and be taken within Wild Dunedin, i.e. the City of Dunedin boundary.

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On a clear day up at Larnach Castle you get great views of the Otago Harbour, peninsula and the city.

Larnach Castle - Kids Go Free

by Larrnach Castle

During the festival 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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Blue Penguin Pukekura close up

Blue Penguins Pukekura Family Special - 22-28 April 🏅

by Otago Peninsula Trust

Discover Korora (Little Blue Penguin), the world’s smallest penguin, in their natural habitat – scurrying up to their cliff-face burrows or feeding their young at Pilots Beach. Half price family pass for $40 during the festival. Tour starts 6/6.15pm but starting time will be confirmed upon booking.

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Tomtits and Apples (with Fantail) by Kaori Jackson

Wild Nature - Otago Art Society Exhibition

by Otago Art Society

Open every day over the festival from 22 - 28 April 10am-4pm. An exhibition of creative artworks in an array of media depicting Dunedin's 'Wild Nature' by members of the Otago Art Society, in the gallery shop, 1st floor, Dunedin Railway Station.

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Wild Dunedin has been the first event recognised by DOC to be eligible for a specific Toyota Kiwi Guardians medal.

EXCLUSIVE for Wild Dunedin events

by Department of Conservation

Earn an EXCLUSIVE Toyota Kiwi Guardian Wild Dunedin medal when your family attends one of these specially marked 🏅events! To qualify the event will have children actively involved in exploring nature.

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Flight Zone - Otago Museum

Flight Zone Challenge

by Otago Museum

Visit the Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre at Otago Museum between Monday 22 April and Sunday 28 April 10am-5pm and design a flying creature to try out on the Flight Zone table. Using the supplies provided and your imagination, design an object that can fly high and with style!

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Life on the Hidden Continent. Planetarium Show

Zealandia - Planetarium Show

by Otago Museum

Journey through time to explore the weird and wonderful life on Zealandia, the recently discovered eighth continent that lies almost completely submerged beneath the Pacific Ocean. Showing at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm every day during the holidays at Otago Museum’s Perpetual Guardian Planetarium.

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Kakariki Karaka - Craig McKenzie, Supreme winner of 2018 Otago Wildlife Photography Competition at Otago Museum

Otago Wildlife Photography Exhibition

by Otago Museum

See the natural world through the lenses of Otago’s amateur photographers and videographers in Otago Museum’s 20th annual Otago Wildlife Photography Exhibition. Open daily, 10am–5pm from 30 March.

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Little blue Pukekura penguins.

NatureHQ: Little Blue Penguins Pukekura

by NatureHQ & Otago Peninsula Trust

At NatureHQ on ANZAC Day Thursday 25 April at 3pm get to know better the Blue Penguins Pukekura with a talk by Hoani Langsbury from the Otago Peninsula Trust who manage the penguins day to day.

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