Dunedin Heritage Festival 2017: Harbour City

Come and join The Southern Heritage Trust as we:-

  • Promote Dunedin as New Zealand’s heritage city with a biennial festival as a major event on the city’s calendar.
  • Create a programme of events and activities featuring Otago Harbour's rich and colourful history and legacy which earlier generations have left for people of all ages and backgrounds to appreciate and enjoy.
  • Attract visitors to Dunedin, especially for Labour Weekend.
  • Provide the opportunity to participate in a vision for the future of Otago Harbour and its environs.


From earliest times the drowned remnants of a giant shield volcano that forms a 21 kilometre arm known as the Otago Harbour has a fascinating history of pre-European Maori and European settlement and development.Immerse yourself in the history of New Zealand’s most important early ‘harbour city’.

The ten-day programme of events celebrates our Otago Harbour heritage and also offers a vision for the future.There will be a range of events, including family activities, on both sides of the harbour as well as in the central city.We kick off with an exciting and novel Festival opening at Taiaroa Head Albatross Centre on Friday 13 October.

Check out buildings not normally open to the public during the Vogel Street Party on Saturday 14 October.

For the festival duration, there are talks, exhibitions, trails, tours, early films not previously shown, family fun and an opportunity to share your harbour photos. Talks include the Lawson Lecture on early Dunedin architects delivered by David Murray and the Building a City from the Sea Symposium on fascinating aspects of the harbour.

Be sure not to miss the Port Otago Open Day on Saturday 21.Labour weekend celebrates Port Chalmers and Quarantine Island. Book tickets with Dunedin Railways through the tunnel to port, including a special trip to the Lady Thorn Rhododendron Dell. Visit Port Otago’s facilities, performances, tours, boats, family fun and something for everyone.

On Monday a guided walk of part of the original 1848 shoreline and Josephine’s Birthday Party family fun at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum.There will also be an opportunity to contribute to a Vision for the future of the Otago Harbour.

The Southern Heritage Trust, organising the Festival on behalf of the city, expresses its thanks to sponsors and partners and the many people and organisations that are supporting the Festival.



Ann Barsby - Southern Heritage Trust

Come and enjoy the events and activities of the Harbour City Festival.

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