Please Note: Event numbers relate to Programme Events, Exhibitions and Activities on the accompanying maps

Events Programme

Friday 13 October


What better place to celebrate the festival opening than at the historic pa fort entrance to Otago Harbour? Join us and see a Heritage Hero honoured with the Bluestone Award. Military theme, surprises, refreshments and fort tours.

Royal Albatross Centre/Fort Taiaroa, 1260 Harrington Point Rd, Otago Peninsula.
Ticketed event, bookings essential, ph. (03)478 0499,
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Saturday 14 October
10am, 11am & 12noon

Dunedin City Council, Octagon (Customer Services entrance)
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Saturday 14 October

See Lawrie Forbes’ amazing sculpture artworks being created from the
1910 steam ship Te Whaka. His new sculpture is install

Steel Art History - Zeal Steel, 14 Devon St, Dunedin

Saturday 14 October, 10am – 3pm

Tours of the Presbyterian Research Centre Archive and a display relating to the history of the West Harbour and Peninsula churches, plus access to the Marriage and Baptism Registers for these churches.

Tours begin on the hour.

Knox College, Arden Street, Opoho.

FREE, bookings not required.


Saturday 14 October, 11am - 2pm

Wednesday 18 October, 1pm - 3pm

New Zealand naval history on display.
HMNZS Toroa, 211 St Andrew St, Dunedin.


Sunday 15 October

Includes photos of harbour communities, ferries and the old Cape Saunders Lighthouse.

Otago Peninsula Museum, 17 Harrington Point, Portobello
$2 per adult, children free




Saturday 14 October
12 noon

Portobello Community Inc. and the Peninsula Museum will launch their new heritage trail around the Portobello township, starting from the Portobello jetty.


Saturday 14 October and Sunday 15 October

Join an Otago Museum guide to discover the treasures of our Maritime Gallery and discover the history of the Union Steam Ship Company, founded in 1875.

Otago Museum, 419 Great King St.

Meet at the Information Desk.


 Image credit: Model of the TSS Monowai on display in the Maritime gallery, Otago Museum 

Saturday 14 October
3pm till late

VOGEL STREET PARTY - Ideas and Incubation

The core ethos of the Vogel Street Party is to create a collaborative environment in which a mix of different businesses, industries, community groups, residents, creatives, artists (local and international interact with an audience to celebrate and highlight the area's unique past, present and future through a variety of art and technology. 

We invite you to participate and enjoy the many and varied interactive activities, exhibitions, performances and installations. Don't miss your opportunity to connect with the historical precinct, a gateway linking the globe with Dunedin

Vogel St, Warehouse Precinct.


Sunday 15 October

The Pukehiki Library celebrates its Otago Peninsula history with a special remembrance of late award-winning children’s author and longtime Peninsula resident, Joan de Hamel. A storyteller will present readings from several of Joan’s works set on the Otago Peninsula in English and Māori at 11am and 1pm. All welcome!

At Pukehiki Church, there will be a display of the church's unique history with trust members in attendance.

Pukehiki District Hall was built for the Volunteer Militia in 1887 and is currently undergoing restoration. There will be army memorabilia and dance photographs on display.

Highcliff Rd, Otago Peninsula.


Sunday 15 October

683A Portobello Rd, next to the Broad Bay Beach Reserve.

Sunday 15 October


Visit The Ōtākou Marae. Walk the grounds, take the path to view the maihi on the old school (toilets available), or take in the harbour view from the stone seat at the height of the marae. Whanau/families and friends are welcome to picnic on the church grounds, please remove your own rubbish. The Ōtākou Memorial Church and Museum will be open with a Manawhenua host present to chat to or to ask your patai/questions. Haere mai, nau mai, tauti mai!

Tamatea Rd, Ōtākou


Sunday 15 October

Celebrate 50 years of the Otago Peninsula Trust at Glenfalloch with a golden garden gala. Loads of family fun, including a yacht race, wedding dress exhibition, stalls, food, music, sculpture and a petting zoo.

Glenfalloch Woodland Garden, 430 Portobello Rd, Otago Peninsula


Sunday 15 October
10:30am - 12 noon and 1:30pm - 3pm

From a fish hatchery in 1904 to a state-of-the-art university teaching laboratory, come and see the new facilities and marine life studied.

New Zealand Marine Studies Centre, 185 Hatchery Rd, Portobello.

Bookings essential, limited numbers.
Adults $15, Children 5 years and over $10.


Sunday 15 October

A guided tour of Larnach Castle, focusing on entrepreneur William Larnach’s business activities in the Otago Harbour.

Larnach Castle, 145 Camp Rd, Dunedin.

Booking essential. $31 adult, $10 child.
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Service 11am
OPEN 12noon-4pm

Built in 1899 by the first Polish settlers to Otago and Southland, formerly at Waihola.

Queen of Peace Church, Broad Bay


Sunday 15 October
12noon - 4pm

See the huge steam shovel that quarried stone to repair the Aramoana Mole.

Gasworks Museum, Braemar St, South Dunedin.


Sunday 15 October

Grant Craig will discuss the origins of The Dunedin and Port Chalmers Railway which opened in 1873 and linked the city with its main deep water port.

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum Auditorium.


Sunday 15 October
2pm and 7pm

The Film Heritage Trust, in partnership with Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, brings you a special one-hour selection of historical movie extracts from around Otago Harbour.

Location: Macandrew Bay Community Hall, 1 Greenacres Street, Macandrew Bay.

Reservations optional.

Tickets are free and available online or from Heritage New Zealand, Queens Building, 109 Princes Street, Dunedin.

For further information please contact Heritage New Zealand on (03) 4779871.

Donation on entry appreciated.


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