W.D. Trotter Anatomy Museum Guided Tours

 Sun 29 September


Tour Times:

9.30am - 11.00am

11.30am - 1.00pm

1.30pm - 3.00pm     


The Anatomy Museum holds a large collection of anatomical specimens and models, many of which are unique in Oceania. Many of the models and specimens date back at least 100 years. Displayed alongside the more modern specimens of anatomy, a walk around the museum brings to life the wonders of the human body.

Bookings are essential (maximum 40 participants per tour). No food or drink permitted in the museum. No cameras or other visual recording devices are permitted in the museum.

Register: https://forms.gle/PNan346qXrzXXbVM6

Heritage Films Screening presented by the Film Heritage Trust

Sun 29 September: 5.00pm - 6.30pm

Quad 4 - Geology Dept (Behind Clocktower Building)


The chemical compound used in celluloid film dates back to its invention and patenting in 1869 by John W. Hyatt.

Sit back for a nostalgic glimpse at Dunedin in bygone years.

Archaeological Programme Open Day

Sunday 29 September 1.00pm - 3.00pm                               

Ground Floor Lab, Richardson Building


Archaeology is the study of the material evidence of the human past. This evidence can include:

  • Monumental structures like the ceremonial statues and platforms of Easter Island
  • Smaller portable artefacts such as pots and stone tools
  • The buried foundations of structures and
  • The remains of animals and plants used by ancient peoples

This research can contribute significantly to our knowledge of human origins, and the variety of societies and environments in the past.

The University of Otago Archaeology labs provides specialist services for post-excavation analysis including zooarchaeological analysis, artifact analysis, and collections management. they are designed for the efficient throughput of archaeological remains from initial processing to detailed post-excavation analysis. 

Come and explore the art and science of archaeology and learn about researchers’ recent Dental School excavations and various other fieldwork projects.

Heritage Concert – Phillip Neill Memorial Prize in Music

Sun September 29


St Paul’s Cathedral, The Octagon

KOHA towards Dunedin Night Shelter Trust

The Phillip Neill Memorial Prize in Music prize was founded in the year 1943 in memory of the late Philip Foster Neill, a medical student of the University of Otago, who died in 1943.

Walking Tours of Dunedin's Shoreline in 1865


Tour Times

10.00am - 11.00am

1:00pm - 2:00pm     


When the first Pakeha settlers stepped onto land next to the Toitu Stream in 1848 in a location near the top of today's Water Street, they were greeted with a shoreline which quickly rose upwards towards Dunedin’s hilly and forested flanks. The plan for the city devised in 1846 already considered reclamation of the harbour to provide more flat land for industry and government close to where ships would anchor or dock. Reclamation began immediately as the day-to-day workings of a new colony dumped anything they did not want or could not use into the harbour. Things dramatically changed in 1861 with the discovery of gold in Otago. From this date onwards, Dunedin expanded rapidly as people from all walks of life flooded into the city. Step back in time and walk along Dunedin’s shoreline in 1865 for a tour of early Maori and Pakeha Dunedin!

Book a guided tour with Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga's Dr Matthew Schmidt.

This is a popular tour. Tour numbers are limited so secure your place now.

Meet at the Exchange Plaza, 263 Princes Street beside the Tauraka Waka monument at least 10 minutes before your selected tour is scheduled to begin.

Register: https://forms.gle/UuA3JfThbdpfcDRP7

University of Otago Heritage Buildings Walks - Sunday

Sun 29 September  


Tour times:

11:30am - 12:30pm

3:30pm - 4:30pm

See Dunedin Gothic en masse and at its finest on the University of Otago campus with a walking tour of Heritage New Zealand’s listed places. Learn about the people that built these places, and the trials and tribulations of of New Zealand's oldest university as it expanded.

Book a guided tour with local experts from Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and Southern Heritage Trust. Tours are limited so secure your place now.

Meet outside the University of Otago Visitors' Centre and Gift Shop at least 10 minutes before your selected tour is scheduled to begin.

Register: https://forms.gle/faoPZSRZuesRS3LC8

Tweed Ride Gasworks to the University Clocktower

Sun 29 September 10.00am - 11.30am          

Cost $5 per person / $10 family  (proceeds go to the Gasworks Museum)                

Within one month of the ordinance of the Otago Provincial Council establishing the University of Otago, the first bicycle built in Auckland was ridden for the first time in 1869. Bicycles are also built and ridden in Christchurch and Dunedin in that year.

Get on your bike, young or old, and join the annual fun ride from the Gasworks Museum, Braemar Street, South Dunedin to the University Clocktower. We will set off at a leisurely pace, flat all the way, stopping at the Railway Station for a photo opportunity, before finishing at approximately 11:30 am at the University.

Members of the Gasworks Guild of Gadgeteers steampunk group and Images of the Past Victorian costume group will be waiting to welcome us at the University, as well as a coffee cart!

Prizes for best-dressed riders.

Meet at the Gasworks Museum on Braemar Street at 10am for a 10.30am start.


Children’s Heritage Treasure Hunt

Sunday 29th September, 11am - 2pm

University of Otago Staff Club, Leith Walk.

Collect your treasure map from the ground floor of the Staff Club and begin your exploration of the campus.

Colouring sheets and a giant colouring board are available. Prizes on offer.