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

Events Programme

Sunday 15 October

Explore this impressive relic of Dunedin’s early stock and station industry, built between 1873 and 1885, originally as a wool store.

31-33 Thomas Burns St, 5 Willis St and Fryatt St, Dunedin.


Sunday 15 October, 3.30pm - 5pm
Sunday 22 October, 10am - 4pm

Greggs, established 1861, is one of New Zealand’s oldest food companies. Have a wander around its historic 1925 factory building.

51 Forth St, North Dunedin, Dunedin.


Also open Wednesday 18 October, 10am - 4pm.

Wednesday 18 October

10am - 4pm

Greggs, established 1861, is one of New Zealand’s oldest food companies. Have a wander around its historic 1925 factory building.

51 Forth St, North Dunedin, Dunedin.


Also open on Sunday 15 October, 3.30 - 5pm and Sunday 22 October, 10am-4pm

Monday 16 October
6pm – 7:30pm

A panel discussion about the future of Otago Harbour chaired by Neville Peat (author and former councillor with Otago Regional Council and Dunedin City Council). An impressive line up of speakers represent a wide spectrum of harbour interests:
Dave Cull Mayor of Dunedin 
Edward Ellison Otakou Runanga
Geraint Bermingham Harbourmaster
Kevin Winders Port Otago Chief Executive 
Chris Hepburn Otago University Marine Science Department
Graeme Wall New Zealand Yachting
This will be a fascinating discussion and questions will be welcome.

Dunningham Room, Dunedin Public Library.




Tuesday 17 October

Stories of 50 years of iconic Otago Peninsula projects. Featuring Margaret Barker on the restoration of Larnach Castle and the creation of the world-famous garden and Sophie Barker on the accomplishments of the Otago Peninsula Trust, including Royal  Albatross tours, restoration of Fort Taiaroa and saving Glenfalloch Garden.

Dunningham Room, Dunedin Public Library.


Wednesday 18 October

Take an exclusive tour behind the scenes and discuss conservation work with staff.
Cost: $12 per person. Limited to 30 people, bookings essential.

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
(03) 477-5052 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday 18 October
1pm - 4pm

A rare opportunity to see a beautiful stained-glass memorial window.
Otago Pioneer Womens Memorial Hall, 362 Moray Place, Dunedin.


Mason & Wales : The P.Y. Wales Years 1892-1938
David Murray, Hocken Archivist

Wednesday 18 October

Established in Dunedin over 150 years ago, Mason & Wales is New Zealand’s oldest architectural firm. The second of four generations of architects from the Wales family, Patrick Young Wales (1864-1939) became a partner in 1892 and took over control of the firm from his father in 1903. He was the first partner born in New Zealand and received his training both here and in Australia. During his time the practice designed large private residences including ‘Manono’ on London Street, commercial premises such as the Imperial Buildings on Dowling Street, and a diverse variety of other structures. These ranged from small cemetery monuments to large-scale projects such as the Drill Hall in Bridgman Street, and racecourse buildings at Wingatui. Wales specialised in hospital design, and for many years his firm gained most of the of the large hospital commissions in Otago. This lecture looks at the life and work of P.Y. Wales and the activities of Mason & Wales from the 1890s to the 1930s. It will explore examples of the firm’s work and the development

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum Auditorium.


Thursday 19 October

This event combines performance with historical interpretation, using diary accounts from Otago-bound immigrants to explore the physical and psychological rhythms of shipboard life on the great journey to New Zealand during the 19th-century age of sail.  Actors will draw on actual diary entries to interpret the immigrants’ experiences on board ship, while curator Seán Brosnahan and doctoral candidate Violeta Gilabert from the University of Otago will discuss historic accounts of the voyages preserved in Toitu’s diary collection. 

The Smith Portrait Gallery, Toitū Otago Settlers Museum.
$10, bookings essential, (03) 477 5052 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday 20 October

  • Jonathan Howard: ‘The Active Edge’
  • Shar Briden: ‘Papanui Waka Site, Otago Peninsula’
  • Seán Brosnahan: ‘Before us... lay the way to Dunedin’
  • Maurice Davis: ‘Otago Harbour: Engineering Development’
  • Dr Peter Petchey: ‘First Footsteps in a New World City’
  • Mr Matthew Schmidt: ‘Birth of a City: the Victorian expansion of
    Dunedin’s shoreline’
  • Dr Andrea Farminer: ‘Friend or Foe? Defending the harbour from the
    unseen enemy’
  • Peter Read: ‘Back to the Future’

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum Auditorium

Full Day $60, Concession $40, Half Day $40, Concession $20, Individual talks $10.
Bookings essential. (03) 477 5052 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday 21 October
9am - 2pm

Viewing of JA1274, the last steam locomotive built in New Zealand.

Glass enclosure between Toitū Otago Settlers Museum and the Dunedin Railway Station.

Entry donations appreciated.

Saturday 21 October

Schedule Dunedin Railway Station to the Port Chalmers wharf and return (historical commentary)

Depart Dunedin 10am - Arrive  Port Chalmers 10.30am / Depart Port Chalmers 10.45am - Arrive Dunedin 11.15am

*Dept Dunedin 11.45am – Arrive Port Chalmers (Church Street) 12.15am / Depart Port Chalmers (Church Street) 12.30pm - Arrive Dunedin 1pm

Depart Dunedin 1.30pm - Arrive Port Chalmers 2pm / Depart Port Chalmers 2.15pm - Arrive Dunedin 2.45pm

Depart Dunedin 3.15pm – Arrive Port Chalmers 3.45pm / Depart Port Chalmers 4pm – Arrive Dunedin 4.30pm

*(Church Street)

Purchase tickets from the Railway Station or .

Saturday 21 October

Explore Otago Harbour with IPENZ Engineering Heritage experts: the harbour channel from Aramoana to Dunedin, structures, vessels, Otago Harbour Board and Port Otago developments 1874 to 2016.
Bring lunch or purchase in Port Chalmers.

Otago Heritage Bus departs from the Stationat 9am, near JA1274 locomotive 9am.
$10 adult, $20 family (4 persons), online bookings recommended

Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 October,

‘Last Port to Antarctica’, ‘Tale of a Seaport’ and ‘Early Harbour Ferry Models’.

Port Chalmers Museum, Beach Street, Port Chalmers


An easy drive along the Dunedin Port Chalmers Rd to Port and continue to Aramoana and the Mole.

Pick up a route map and heritage information brochure from Toitü Otago Settlers Museum.


Saturday 21 October
10am - 2pm

An opportunity to visit Port Otago’s cruise facility and Beach Street Wharf. See port activity close-up, listen to talks about the challenges of piloting large ships into port and go on board one of the tugs.

Entry via Port Otago’s cruise facility, Beach St, Port Chalmers.


Saturday 21 October
11am - 3pm
(optional 11.45am train to Church St)

Enjoy a display of historic photos of early Port Chalmers and its people, live music, arts, crafts, plant sale and rhododendrons at their best in what was originally the old Port Chalmers quarry.

Lady Thorn Rhododendron Dell, Church St, Port Chalmers.


Saturday 21 October

Find out about the history of your house using land ownership records dating back to the 1860s with DCC archivists.
Port Chalmers Library.


Saturday 21 October
11:30am - 12:15pm

Swing Riot will knock your socks off with a  fun and friendly dance class suitable for all.

Port Chalmers Town Hall.


Saturday 21 October

Fashion show and display with Dunedin’s Images of the Past.
Port Chalmers Library.


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