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

Events Programme

Friday 13 - Monday 23 October,

Take a ride along the harbour-side on Glenfalloch’s electric green bikes. Cycle beautiful Otago Peninsula and use our map to spot and learn about historic landmarks.

Glenfalloch Woodland Garden, 430 Portobello Rd, Otago Peninsula
$40 per person, R18, bookings essential.

ph. (03) 476 1775 or (03) 476 1006

Duration of Festival
Weekdays 9am - 5pm

Visit the foyer of the historic Queens Building and view an annotated panorama of Dunedin in 1865.

Queens Building foyer, 109 Princes St


Friday 13 - Monday 23 October
9.30am-3.30pm daily & 5pm-late Thu/Fri

Tantalise your tastebuds with harbour heritage inspired cuisine in Glenfalloch’s historic garden setting. Hannes Bareiter, creative chef extraordinaire, showcases local produce crafting innovative dishes with a respectful nod to New Zealand’s culinary traditions.

Glenfalloch Restaurant, 430 Portobello Rd, Otago Peninsula
Bookings recommended, ph. (03) 476 1006

Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 October and Saturday 21 – Monday 23 October,

Have you visited NZ’s only fully restored Edwardian villa? Built in 1909 and fully furnished in period style.

Fletcher House, 727 Portobello Road, Otago Peninsula
For further information ph. (03) 476 1775 or visit

Entry by gold coin donation (Festival Special).

14 - 15 October and 21 - 23 October
9am - 5pm

Celebrate spring heritage on display in private and public gardens. Details to come soon, check website for updates.

Variable Entry Fees.

Sunday 15, Wednesday 18 and Sunday 22 October
10am - 4pm

A chance to see and hear vintage machinery, including the foghorn from the Taiaroa Head lighthouse.

15 George King Memorial Drive, Outram.


Friday 20 to Monday 23 October,
11am - 5pm

OpenArts Inc. (Otago Peninsula artists) presents perspectives of the Peninsula’s heritage, people and special places from castles, cones, coves to boatsheds and beaches.

Macandrew Bay Hall, Greenacres St, Macandrew Bay.


Saturday 21 October

In association with the Heritage Festival and as part of the Diwali celebrations, come and visit the Indian Heritage Stall in the foyer of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. You can sit and read about the first Indian to arrive in Otago more than 150 years ago for the gold rush; browse the books for sale on Indian settlers in New Zealand; take away an article on the common birthplace of chefs in Indian restaurants in Dunedin; learn the story of the Kalimpong Kids; and much more, recognising and acknowledging cultural and culinary diversity in Dunedin.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Octagon.


The 1925 group from Kalimpong en route to Wellington - some of the 130 Kalimpong Kids who arrived in New Zealand between 1908 and 1938. Until 1921 all groups arrived in Dunedin due to the scheme's Scottish Presbyterian connections.


Daily 13-23 October

Explore Dunedin’s harbour heritage and capture Dunedin’s magic
moments. Take photos through the Festival to share with the world!
Enter the contest to win prizes between 13 - 23 October. Click here for conditions of entry.

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. 

Screenings in four different venues:

Reservations optional.

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

For further information please contact Heritage New Zealand on (03) 47798

Donation on entry appreciated.



Saturday 21, Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd October
12 - 3pm
Take the train, or drive to Middlemarch to visit our museum. We are highlighting an Otago Harbour relic: the Platypus submarine. Designed for extracting gold from the Clutha River, the Platypus rested for fifty years at the Dunedin wharf, before being sold for 10 pounds and sent to Barewood. Learn more abut it's fascinating story at the Museum.

5 Aberafon Street, Middlemarch.

$2 adults, children free.
Donations welcome to the Platypus Submarine Project.
Enquires contact Jo on 0220920262.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm, Thursday 9.30am – 8.00pm, Saturday 11.00am – 2.00pm.

Port Chalmers Library is a heritage listed building on Beach Street. It has a collection of New Zealand art on permanent display, including works by Ralph Hotere, James Robinson, Joanna Margaret Paul and David Elliot.

20 Beach Street, Port Chalmers.

Sunday 15 and 22 October
12 - 4pm

Historical Museum displaying how life used to be on the Taieri. Historic buildings, costumes, tools, equipment, photos and gadgets from times past

George King Memorial Drive.
Adult $2, Child $1.
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