Southern Destinations: November 07, 2019


southern holiday destinations spring-summer 2020






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 a new life.

As a NZ Gardens Trust 5 star rated garden, 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.

Plants, trees, and rocks are carefully composed

into small perfect landscapes mimicking a

traditional Chinese landscape painting.

It is a great place to bring children for activities

including garden hunts, costumes and arts and

crafts. Parents can take some time out in the

Tea House and enjoy traditional Chinese tea and


Explore Dunedin’s

stories at one of

New Zealand’s most

innovative museums

toitU otago



Visit and explore

the only authentic

scholar’s garden in the

Southern hemisphere.

• Learn about the Dunedin

Chinese Settlers in our

alleyway exhibition.

• Savour traditional tea and

dumplings in the

enchanting teahouse.

• Create memories and

dress up in traditional

Chinese costume.

The gallery spaces at Toitū showcase

dozens of display cases filled with

intriguing objects which provide the

opportunity to interact and explore

specific time periods. Try on a turn

of the century dress or climb on the

Roslyn tram or Tiger Tea bus. Play

the classic 1980s Atari game Laser

Hawk or chill out and listen to some

music. The interactive displays also

include soundscapes and digital

media that will engage curious


The beautiful Art Deco bus station

area has a children’s area with craft

materials and dress ups – as well

Encounters exhibition.

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 a café offering a

variety of snacks and drinks as well

as a shop displaying toys, games,

novelties and 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


OPEN DAILY 10am – 5pm

ADMISSION Adult $9.50

Under 13 FREE


Cnr Cumberland and Rattray Streets

(beside Toitū Otago Settlers Museum)

03 477 3248


10am – 5pm

31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin

P (03) 477 5052

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