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Social events and optional tours

Dunedin City walking tour

Venue Meet outside the iSite Visitor Information Centre (Octagon)
Date Sunday 1 December
Time 2.00 – 4.30 pm
Price No charge

This guided tour will start at the iSite Visitor Information Centre in the Octagon will include key Dunedin city landmarks as well as a number of the street art murals painted around the city centre finishing at the conference venue.  There will be a stop for refreshments at a local café (at your own cost). This tour is approximately 6.5km of walking over a 2.5 hour period – it will be on footpaths and paved areas at all times and there are only short bursts of uphill with the majority of the tour being flat.

Dunedin City Walking Tour image

Welcome function

Venue Foyer Area, St David Lecture Theatre Complex
Date Sunday 1 December
Time 5.00 – 7.15 pm
Price Included in your registration

Delegates will be officially welcomed followed by an opening lecture. This will be followed by a chance to catch up with colleagues with drinks and canapés in the St David Foyer.

Poster session

Venue St David Lecture Theatre Complex
Date Monday 2nd December
Time 5:00 – 7:00pm
Price Included in your registration

Delegates are invited to hear short presentations by poster authors in the poster display area. Refreshments will be provided (first drink is complimentary, followed by a cash bar). Posters will be on display for the duration of the conference.

Conference dinner

Venue Toitu Early Settlers Museum
Date Tuesday 3 December
Time 7.00 pm – late
Price $95

Join fellow delegates for the official conference dinner at the Toitu Early Settlers Museum, located next to the Dunedin Railway Station. Conference dinner tickets can be purchased via online registration and includes dinner and drinks.

Conference Dinner image

Post-Conference Tours

Below are a selection of tours available after the conclusion of the conference on Wednesday 4th December. Please note that due to the timetabling of these tours you will only be able to choose one of these for Wednesday afternoon. If you are in Dunedin for longer and are interested in several of the options, please book any additional tours directly through the providers website (these are linked through the headings below).

There are also many other fantastic things to see in Dunedin during your visit, for more information please see

W D Trotter Anatomy Museum Tour

Venue Lindo Ferguson Building, 270 Great King Street
Date Wednesday 4 December
Time 2.00 – 3.30 pm
Price No charge

The Anatomy Museum at the University of Otago was established in 1874, and holds a large collection of anatomical specimens and models, many of which are unique in Oceania. Some models date back to the late 1800s. The Museum Curator will provide a guided tour of the museum.

Olveston Historical Home Guided Tour

Venue Olveston, 42 Royal Terrace
Date Wednesday 4 December
Time 2.45 – 4.00 pm
Price $22

Opened as a historic house museum in 1967, Olveston is a time capsule as little has changed inside the house since it was occupied as a family home between 1906 to 1966. Olveston is an authentic and original historic home depicting the life of a wealthy merchant family in the early part of the twentieth century. Tour runs for one hour, allow some extra time to view the garden.

Olveston House tour image

Taieri Gorge Railway – Train Trip

Venue Departs from Dunedin Railway Station
Date Wednesday 4 December
Time 3.00 – 7.30 pm

Departing from the historic Dunedin Railway station travel to Pukerangi return – seeing stunning scenery including Wingatui Viaduct.

Taieri Gorge Railway image

Monarch Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour (T2)

Venue Departs from Fryatt Street
Date Wednesday 4 December
Time 3.30 – 7.00 pm

Travel by bus to Wellers Rock then cruise the length of the harbour and Tairoa Head in the Monarch boat taking in the beauty of the harbour and local sea wildlife. Bus out, boat back.

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