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Dunedin Fringe Festival

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The Mighty Fellas

Festival Date: 18th -28th March 2010

dunedin-fringe-festival-1.jpgDunedin, New Zealand is famous for its inherently Scottish flavour. The name itself means “Edinburgh of the South,” there’s a giant sculpture of Robbie Burns in the Octagon (the uniquely shaped town square), and the local Super 14 Rugby team are called “The Highlander’s.”

So… It shouldn’t come as a surprise that, like Edinburgh, Dunedin too has a pretty top notch Fringe Festival.

The Dunedin Fringe Festival runs from 18-28 March, so if you’re travelling around the bottom half of the South Island over the next couple of weeks, why not pop in to our Scottish city for a day or two and check it out?


“Te Ngaru Hou - Te Ngaru Hou 2010 features new work by indigenous contemporary dance artists. Vicki Van Hout is an aboriginal dancer based in Sydney and Louise Potiki-Bryant and Rachel Ruckstuhl-Mann are both Ngai Tahu. Te Ngaru Hou is hosted by Kati Huirapa ki Pukeraki at their beautiful marae in Karitane. The audience to each show will be welcomed formally onto the marae with a powhiri.” – Details supplied by Dunedin Fringe
Where?Puketeraki Marae, Apes Road, Karitane (just north of Dunedin)
When? 26, 27 March (7pm) 28 March (2pm)
How much?  $8 per adult (door sales only)


Our comedy pick is well known New Zealand comedian, Raybon Kan’s show “Discomfort Zone.” The show is a tongue in cheek look at the various myths society has around beauty from a uniquely New Zealand comedic perspective:
Where? Fortune Theatre, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin (just out of The Octagon)
When? 9pm, 26 and 27 March
How much? $18 per adult (call 03 477 8323 to book)

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dunedin-fringe-festival-3.jpgCheck out “The Intricate Art of Actually Caring” by New Zealand playwright Eli Kent, playing at the Globe Theatre in Dunedin. From the Wellington group “The Playground Collective,” the show won Best Theatre in the 2009 New Zealand Fringe Festival. The cut is about explores masculinity, growing up, death and loss. According to critics “it’s hip, funny and moving.” Well worth a look in.
Where? Globe Theatre, 104 London Street, Dunedin (just off Stuart Street)
When? 9pm, 18, 19 and 20 March
How much? $16 per adult (call 03 477 8597 to book)

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There’s also a variety of Visual Art, Music, Outdoorand Dance events on throughout the festival.


Dunedin is just over 3 and half hours away from our Queenstown Backpacker Campervan and Car Rental branch. The easiest way to get there is to head out of Queenstown on State Highway 6 until you get to Cromwell. Then take State Highway 8 toward Alexander and keep following until you get to Milton. Once at Milton, just follow State Highway 1 into Dunedin.

Dunedin is just over 5 hours south of our Christchurch Backpacker Campervan and Car Rental branch. It’s a pretty easy drive. All you need to do is get on to State Highway 1 and follow it south until you reach Dunedin. The drive is very scenic with the Southern Alps to your right. You’ll also pass through some of our more quaint towns including, Ashburton, Temuka, Timaru, Oamaru and Palmerston. We recommend stopping off at Caroline Bay in Timaru along the way, and checking out the Moeraki Boulders just out of Oamaru is a must.


TOP 10 Holiday Park – Aaron Lodge
Aaron’s Lodge has both tent and powered sites as well general motel style accommodation if you’re taking a car. Rates are very reasonable and the facility has a 4 plus star Qualmark rating.
Address: 162 Kaikorai Valley Road
Phone: 03 476 4725

Check out our route planner for more accommodation options available en route to Dunedin from Queenstown, or Christchurch.


Larnach Castle – New Zealand’s only castle. Located just out of Dunedin on the Otago Peninsular. Tours available year round. Email: for more
Royal Albatross Colony – Come and see the world’s largest flying bird at the Royal Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head. Email: for more
Cadbury World – Go for a Chocolate Tour at Dunedin’s Cadbury World. Located in the city, tours available year round, sampling a must. Phone: 03 467 7967 to book.

If you’ve been to Dunedin already, why not tell us your favourite place to visit in the comment section below for your chance to win a backpacker beach towel.

Keep your eyes peeled next Tuesday’s BLOG, 23 March, 2010, where we’ll be profiling Warbirds Over Wanaka.

Over & out
Ricki & the Mighty crew

Labels: Dunedin, festivals, art, culture, music


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