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Dunedin Chinese Garden

Corner Rattray and Cumberland Streets, Dunedin 9058, New Zealand
+64 3-477 3248
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Explore an authentic example of a Chinese scholar's garden that celebrates the Chinese influence on Otago's history and heritage. The Garden Gift Shop offers the chance to find something culturally different while the Tea House allows you to take your taste buds on their very own tour of China. The garden is open every day expect Christmas Day. As one of only three gardens outside China and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere, it is a truly captivating cultural experience not to be missed.
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  • Very good32%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Corner Rattray and Cumberland Streets, Dunedin 9058, New Zealand
Corner Rattray and Cumberland Streets, Dunedin 9058, New Zealand
+64 3-477 3248
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hadn’t been before so keen to see it as we have one in Hastings. Was much bigger than the Hastings one. Loved the ornaments and structures and buildings. Looked very ornate. Recommended to see if in Dunedin

Thank leoniehastings
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful gardens & buildings. Lovely area to have special teas. Pleasant staff, withwide variety to teas to buy & drink there

1  Thank Patricia P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a delightful place to wander slowly through and experience some peace and quiet away from city bustle and noise. We found the gardens informative yet not overbearing with information. In the little tea shop it was exciting to see fortune cookies on sale so...More

Thank Alessina B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In the heart of the town, right beside the Tuitu museum and railway station is this oasis of peace and tranquility. It is really beautiful and well maintained. A must if you get to visit Dunedin.

Thank Dawn L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Right next to the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum is the Chinese Gardens. For a small admission price you get a beautiful garden filled with information about the migrant Chinese workers, that came to NZ to find gold.

Thank trsmithers86
Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

Must see. Designed and built in China then dismantled. Next to railway station. This venue has waterfalls, lake, rock designs and Chinese building. Would I recommend YES. Rated 9.5/10. Great photograph opportunities. Cost 9$/person. Allocate 30min to view

Thank Oleh C
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

Maybe if you were local, you’d get an annual pass and chill out - often it’s peaceful but often cars on the adjacent highway make a lot of noise. The garden is quite small and lacks variety, so $9 is very steep for a casual...More

Thank mrdom
Reviewed 24 November 2017

I have visited the Chinese Gardens a number of times. The first time was with a blind companion and he enjoyed the tranquility, the sounds, and textures of the gardens. Our next visit was after he'd had cataract surgery and being able to see the...More

Thank karenhofman
Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

Worth a visit for those looking for a spot of peace and tranquility. Classic Chinese garden which blends all the essential elements beautifully. Lovely walk, with Chinese tearoom in a pretty courtyard and interesting historic display detailing history if the Chinese community in Dunedin.

Thank Tania C
Reviewed 24 November 2017

We wandered around the gardens, and while being in the centre of the city, when you are in the garden it certainly doesn't feel like it. We had a choice of tea(s) and fortune cookies, was very restful for the soul

Thank pauly622017
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20 October 2016|
Response from Kerry M | Reviewed this property |
I would say Yes. You can get to most of it without going up more than a couple of steps and there are many places to sit and enjoy the garden.