Timings : 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Time Required : 2-3 hours
Entry Fee : NZD 9.50 - Adult
Free - Child
Located in the city of Dunedin, Dunedin Chinese Garden is one of the major tourist attractions for the city apart from the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and the Railways of Dunedin, both of which are located nearby. The garden has an etymological derivation from the Chinese language and is called Lan Yuan and is curated with the purpose of acknowledging and preserving the fraternal relation of Dunedin with its sister city, Shanghai.
The garden is a great place for families to visit, tourists or local for it is separated from the crowded central of the city with a trimmed and neat trail of tall and dense trees fortifying its very outer walls. One may come here and picnic, know a lot about the Chinese culture, sip the Chinese tea, nibble some local snacks like dumplings or buns at the Tea House shop and pick up some souvenirs from the gift shop.
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Closed Christmas Day
NZD 9.50 - Adult
Free - Child (under 13 years with adult)
NZD 6.50 - Student/Beneficiary
NZD 21 - Adult Annual Pass
NZD 15.50 - Student/Beneficiary Annual Pass
NZD 12.50 - Student/Beneficiary Annual Pass (Renewal)
NZD 21 - Guided tours (by arrangement only)
SELF GUIDED TOUR- As the name suggests, you are at your own to explore the wings and corners of the garden. The admission fee you pay permits you to visit through every corridor and you will be guided through the audio equipment installed in every wing and some very helpful and friendly staff.
AUDIO GUIDE TOUR- It is free of cost and this feature enables you to guide your way into the garden through audio equipment letting you in about the directions at your own pace. The narration goes on for about 30-40 minutes which is the time duration of this tour for you. Quite interestingly the audio voice is of the then Mayor of Dunedin of Chinese descent who tells you about the cultural and national heritage of the garden which is insightful and interesting.
GUIDED TOUR- It is an exclusive tour that lets you explore the garden with a designated tour guide. He will let you in about the anecdotes and the nitty-gritty about the history of this garden. This feature is enabled through a prior appointment and additional charges.
A TEA HOUSE- There is a separate tea house that offers you local Chinese tea and light snacks for you to nibble on.
Gift shop- A wing of the Garden for you to pick up souvenirs for your dear ones that bear the essence of Chinese nationality.