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

Events Programme

13 - 23 October
11am - 7pm

Did you know Taiaroa Head has a hidden fort under the albatross colony that protected Dunedin from the 1880s until WWII? Celebrate 30 years of Fort Taiaroa tours and see the world’s only fully restored 1886 Armstrong Disappearing Gun and military displays.

Fort Taiaroa, 1260 Harrington Point Rd, Otago Peninsula
Free during Heritage Festival only, bookings essential.

ph. (03) 478 0499
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Friday 13 – Monday 23 October
8pm - 9.30pm

Discover the mystery and misery that hides behind our heritage buildings.

$35 per person, bookings essential, ph. 0800 428 683 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Friday 13 – Monday 23 October
10.15am - dusk

Learn of Otago Peninsula Trust’s pioneering ecotourism ventures and 50 years of preserving and enhancing the flora and fauna on Otago Peninsula for everyone to enjoy.

Royal Albatross Centre, 1260 Harrington Point Road, Otago Peninsula


Duration of Festival.
10am - 4pm

The Otago Art Society presents works from its membership based on the theme of the Festival. Open 7 days.

Railway Station, Anzac Avenue.


Friday 13 – Sunday 29 October
Opening: Friday 5pm, then Wednesday to Sunday 12 - 5pm

Weathered features new work by Pauline Bellamy, Manu Berry and John Bellamy.

The varied and curious areas built around the edge of the Otago Harbour have become the subject of detailed explorations by each of our artists. A diverse range of graphic techniques come together to capture these picturesque environments.

In Pauline and John Bellamy's pieces, the working areas of the industrial inner harbour have inspired a series of geometric drypoint etchings and playful mixed media studies. 
Manu Berry has focused on Port Chalmers, isolating icons of the distinctive local architecture into bold monochromatic vignettes.

The exhibition will be open before and after the Heritage Festival launch event at the Albatross Centre on October 13th. Early or latecomers welcome up until 7.30pm.

Bellamys Gallery, 495 Portobello Road, Macandrew Bay



Manu Berry, "Otago harbour board building Port Chalmers’’

Duration of Festival
10am - 4pm

Did you know New Zealand’s first world champion in any sport was from Otago? The New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame will feature its inducted members from Otago during the Heritage Festival with a special display and a dedicated quiz.

New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, Railway Station, Anzac Avenue.
Adults $6, Gold Card and Student ID $4, Children $2.


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


13 - 23 October
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,
11am - 4pm

Have you visited New Zealand’s only fully restored Edwardian villa? Come and see how your great-grandparents lived. Built 1909, the start of the Fletcher Empire, fully furnished in period style. Celebrating 25 years open to the public. 

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

Entry by gold coin donation (festival special).


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

Celebrate spring heritage on display with a self-guided tour of private and public gardens. Includes gardens in St Leonards, Macandrew Bay, Portobello and the Peninsula.

Leithental Garden, at 7 Rockside Road, is open over Labour weekend and the following weekend.

See Dunedin Gardens to Visit for map and details.

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
1pm - 4:30pm

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 during the Festival to share with the world!

Enter the contest to win prizes between 13 - 23 October.

The Film Heritage Trust, in partnership with Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, brings you a special one-hour selection of historical movie extracts from the 1930s onwards, from around Otago Harbour. 

Screenings in four different venues:

Reservations optional. Tickets for the MacAndrew Bay, Port Chalmers and Central City screenings are free and available online or from Heritage New Zealand, Queens Building, 109 Princes St. Donation on entry appreciated.

Tickets for the Quarantine Island screenings, which include a return ferry trip, are $20 from the Quarantine Island website.

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


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