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Southern Destinations: March 22, 2018

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12 | southern holiday destinations dunedin | MarCh 2018 WINTER EVENTS i n d u n e d i n MARcH 2018 Wednesdays from 3 March-30 May Drawing Salon, Olveston APRIL 2018 Sat 01 April- Ed Sheeran in Concert Forsyth Barr Stadium Sat 7 April- Women’s Lifestyle Expo, TBA Sun 8 April - Sunday Blues Concert Botanic Gardens Sat 28 April - Autumn Colours Outing, Olveston MAy 2018 Sun 6 May - Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Regent Theatre Sat 12 May - Super Rugby, Highlanders vs Lions, Forsyth Barr Stadium Tue 29 May - Beyond the Barricade Medley of Songs from Musicals, Regent Theatre JUnE 2018 Fri 1 June - Super Rugby, Highlanders vs Hurricanes, Forsyth Barr Stadium Sat 2 June - Heath Franklin Comedy, Mayfair Theatre Thu 13 June - An Evening with Simon O’Neill,Dunedin Town Hall Sat 30 June - Heath Quartet, Glenroy Auditorium JULy 2018 Sat 14 July - Super Rugby Highlanders vs Rebels, Forsyth Barr Stadium Sat 14 July - Macbeth, Fortune Theatre AUgUSt 2018 Thu 2 Aug - Golden Era of Musicals Mosgiel Coronation Hall Sat 11 Aug - Hansel & Gretel,Fortune Theatre Sun 12 Aug - Ensemble Zefiro, Glenroy Auditorium SEPtEMBER 2018 Sat 1 Sep - Pink – Beautiful Trauma Concert, Forsyth Barr Stadium The school holidays are a chance to keep educating the kids and hitting the road and bringing the learning down south adds a level of adventure. Sometimes the kids don’t really know what they want to do in the holidays, whether it’s read, start a craft project or simply look at cool stuff. Toitū Otago Settlers Museum is the perfect place for these sorts of days as children – and adults – can do any or all of these things in the beautifully restored and expanded buildings. The gallery spaces at Toitū have display cases filled with intriguing objects and there are plenty of opportunities to get hands on as well, whether it is trying on a turn of the century dress, climbing on the Roslyn tram or the Tiger Tea bus, playing classic 1980s Atari game Laser Hawk or chilling out and listening to some music. The interactive displays also include soundscapes and digital media that will engage curious minds. The beautiful Art Deco bus station area has a children’s area with craft materials and dress ups – as well as comfortable seats for the adults’ tired legs. The archives and research centre has a wealth of information for budding genealogists or historians and friendly staff who can help them get started. The Museum has helpfully placed restrooms and a café in the sunny and expansive Josephine Foyer with a variety of snacks and drinks on offer to replenish energy before heading off to explore the next corner of the museum. A shop is also on hand selling toys, games and novelties as well as custom designed jewellery, china and gifts. Toitū Otago Settlers Museum is a fun place to spend an hour or a day with something new always waiting to be discovered. toitu otago sEttlErs MusEuM dunedin’s cHinese garden VISIT AND EXPLORE THE ONLY AUTHENTIC SCHOLAR’S GARDEN IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE • Learn about the Dunedin Chinese Settlers in our alleyway exhibition. Explore Dunedin’s stories at one of New Zealand’s most innovative museums Located in the heart of Dunedin is the only traditional Chinese Scholar’s Garden in the southern hemisphere. The garden takes visitors on a journey through the city’s cultural history, heritage and tradition – giving recognition to the Chinese people who first came to Otago during the 1860s gold rush and stayed to establish some of Dunedin’s businesses. As a Garden of National Significance, it has a distinct character being designed and built using authentic Chinese materials and crafted by a team of artisans from Dunedin’s sister city of Shanghai. The Garden features hand-made wooden buildings, tiles, bricks, lattice-work and hand-finished granite paving stones. In a scholar’s garden, galleries connect to pavilions with the central building, usually a library or study and in Dunedin’s case the Tea House, dividing the garden into individual scenes or landscapes. Plants, trees, and rocks are all carefully composed into small perfect landscapes mimicking a traditional Chinese landscape painting. It is a great place to bring children in the school holidays with plenty of activities to keep them entertained including garden hunts, costumes and arts and crafts. Parents can take some time out in the Tea House and enjoy traditional Chinese tea and treats. • Savour traditional tea and dumplings in the enchanting teahouse. • Create memories and dress up in traditional Chinese costume. OPEN DAILY: 10am – 5pm ADMISSION: Adult $9 | Under 13 FREE (maximum three per adult) ANNUAL PASS: $20 03 477 3248 Cnr Cumberland and Rattray Streets (beside Toitu – Otago Settlers Museum) www.dunedinchinesegarden.com OPEN 7 DAYS | FREE ENTRY | FREE WIFI 10am – 5pm 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin P (03) 477 5052 www.toituosm.com EXPERT LOCAL KNOWLEDGE and bookings throughout New Zealand NEW ZEALAND’S OFFICIAL VISITOR INFORMATION NETWORK Visitor Centre 50 The Octagon PHONE 03 474 3300 EMAIL visitor.centre@dcc.govt.nz WEBSITE www.isitedunedin.co.nz

MARCH 2018 | dunedin soutHeRn HolidAy destinAtions | 13 priDE oF thE south Dunedin is home to the iconic Speight’s Brewery. Having recently been through an extensive redevelopment, a visit to the Brewery will mean you get to experience both old and new aspects of this unique site. The fully guided 90-minute tour lets you explore the historic working Brewery. You will see and touch some of the ingredients which goes into making Speight’s award-winning beers, and find out not only how Speight’s became a legend in the south but right around the country. Even if you are not a beer drinker, you’ll enjoy learning about the history of beer-making, hear some yarns from years gone by and experience a tailored tasting. Visitors will be taken around the Old Brew Floor of the Brewery learning about our brewing process before discovering the new brew house. This is where the magic happens. Every tour finishes the way every brewery tour should – with the chance to taste and appreciate samples of Speight’s finest beers. In the Brewery bar not only will you learn more about what you are about to sample but we might even let you pour one behind the bar for yourself. After the tour make sure you have time to visit the Speight’s Brewery shop where a large selection of genuine Speight’s gear is available. If you are looking for great southern fare in generous portions and all of the Speight’s range fresh from the tap, please visit the Speight’s Ale House right next door to the Brewery. dunedin’s tastiest tourist attraction The Cadbury World Experience is a chocolate lover’s dream that will ignite the senses and bring the magic of chocolate to life. On the one-hour guided experience you will hear about the history of Cadbury and learn about the chocolate making process (including tastings of the various elements along the way.) You will get to see a chocolate tempering demonstration and even create a little marvelous creation taster of your own with our liquid chocolate train. The experience concludes with our unique “chocolate fall” and then onto the Cadbury World retail shop, where there is a mouth watering range of Cadbury products and unique branded merchandise items. Cadbury World also has a café with a selection of savoury and sweet options available, including a range of Specialty Hot chocolates. The café is open to the public as well as those doing a tour, but by showing your tour ticket a 10% discount is offered off your café food/beverage purchases. Choc-a-block with fun, Cadbury World Tour and Cafe is a must do while in Dunedin!! Cadbury World is open 7 days a week. Bookings are highly recommended, so book now at www.cadburyworld. co.nz