As one of the coldest cities in New Zealand, Dunedin is the place to go for a true winter experience. Sure, some days can be dreary, but there’s also plenty of ways to stay warm throughout the month of June. From touring film festivals to mid-winter carnivals, we’ve put together the perfect list to help you chase the winter blues away.
Read on for things to do in Dunedin this June.
Māori Mermaid Exhibition
Maori Mermaid aka Jessica Thompson is set to hold her first-ever public art exhibition on 1st June. Here you can expect brand new drawings, originals, prints, paintings, and photography on display, and wine, of course. Bring your family and friends for a magical opening night at Agency Inc.
Open Mic Night at Dog With Two Tails
Dunedin's favourite open mic night is back this month. Head along early for some live music from 8-11 PM at one of the city’s best cafes. If you’re in the mood to soak up all the sights and sounds of our seaside city, here’s your excuse to leave the house.
The Star Regent 24 Hour Book Sale
It’s that time of year again, the iconic 24-hour book sale. The stage at The Regent is set to throw open its doors on Friday 7th June until midday Saturday 8th June, with tens of thousands of books—over half of them just $1—on sale for book lovers and bargain hunters alike. The largest book sale in the Southern Hemisphere, come along to browse your favourite categories from thrillers to travel books.
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
18 and 20 June
The 2019 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is coming to Dunedin once again thanks to the Otago Alpine Club and ticket sales go towards protecting the interests and safety of New Zealand’s vibrant outdoor climbing community. The largest and most prestigious mountain film festival in the world, The Banff Film Festival is travelling the country and offers a huge dose of inspiration for anyone looking to partake in a winter sport this season.
Longest Night - Victorian Ghost Stories at Larnach Castle
A visit to Larnach Castle is eery enough during the daytime, so why not come celebrate the longest night of the year in style. Listen to Victorian ghost stories and explore the castle by torchlight before ending the night with a light supper.
This event runs from 7:30pm - 10:30pm.
Solstice Under the Stars
The Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year, so what better way to celebrate it than with an evening of stargazing? Taking place under the stars at the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium, we’re guaranteed to have clear skies. After the show, everyone’s invited to hop on the museum’s bus to learn more about observing the night sky, how to take stellar night sky photos and tracking down an aurora. Sounds pretty magical to us.
The Dunedin Midwinter Carnival
The Midwinter Carnival is a much-loved local celebration in the heart of Dunedin. It’s the ultimate mix of art and performance where hundreds of handcrafted lanterns light up the night. This year’s theme is The Never Ending Night—an exploration of the beautiful wildlife, mysterious creatures and colourful characters of the world's southernmost continent, Antarctica. Look out for the carnival procession, a much-anticipated spectacle with giant lanterns, costumed stilt walkers, dancers and musicians, parading through the Octagon.
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra — Winter Dreams
Indoor activities are some of the best winter activities and going to hear the symphony orchestra definitely tops our list. Our winters may not be quite as snowy as Tchaikovsky’s, but this concert will surely warm your heart. Based on New Zealand photographer Robin Morrison’s iconic image of an angel at the head of a grave in a churchyard at Ahipara in Northland, the music is a beautiful evocation of desolation and hope.
The Vintage Roundup
Calling all vintage lovers: The Vintage Roundup is a vintage clothing market that brings together the very best of Otago's vintage clothing and craft scene. Hunt for treasures from all of your favourite vintage clothing shops, online sellers, crafters and collectors—all under one roof. Here you’ll find unique, one-off locally made gems, ranging from clothing, jewellery and art. This month’s market is sure to feature plenty of coats, knits and blankets to keep you cosy all winter long.
Image Credit: Otago Museum