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Not sure what to get up to this summer in Dunedin? We've got you covered with plenty of activities, events, exhibitions and outings to keep you busy and entertained throughout the summer.

Please note that not all activities are available to everyone, and some have restricted numbers. The calendar below provides everything you need to know.

Monthly calendar

November

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Summer at Otago BBQ

Start your Summer at Otago with a BBQ on the Clocktower lawn!

When:
Noon
Duration:
2 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University students

Full details

Going on a dino hunt!

Grab some friends and hunt as a team or go it alone. Whoever finds the most dinos wins!

When:
11–20 Nov
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University students

Full details

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18

Postgraduate walk in the Gardens

Leaving from the Graduate Research School we will head up into the Botanic Gardens for about an hour of fresh air, exercise, and relaxation.

Please note the earlier start time of 10:15am.

When:
10.15am
Duration:
1 – 1.5 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University – postgraduate

Full details

English Language peer support sessions

These sessions will involve some facilitated conversation, games and activities both inside and outside the classroom.

When:
1pm
Duration:
2 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

19

Workshop: Reading for understanding

This workshop offers strategies to read university material effectively, efficiently, and for understanding.

When:
10am
Duration:
1 hour
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University students

Full details

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23

Workshop series: Get ready for employment

This week-long series will help you prepare for the workplace. Perfect your application, practice your interview skills, and boost your confidence.

When:
23–27 Nov
9:30am
Duration:
3 hours each day
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University students

Full details

24

Art workshop

Use the creative process to explore your health and well-being.

When:
10:00am
Duration:
2 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

25

Guided Relaxation Session

Graduate Wellbeing Coach, Nikki Fahey, will take you through this progressive muscle relaxation session. Be amazed at your productive afternoon having cleared your mind! Meet on the Clocktower lawn and bring something to sit or lie on, or just enjoy that spring grass feeling.

You will be emailed an alternative indoor venue in the case of wet weather.

When:
11:30am
Duration:
30 minutes
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University – postgraduate

Full details

26

Workshop: Avoiding plagiarism – Summarising and paraphrasing

Learn the difference between paraphrasing and summarising, become a more effective writer.

When:
11am
Duration:
1 hour
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University students

Full details

Graduate Research Festival Wellbeing Zoom Session for Otago Postgraduates

Graduate Wellbeing Coach Nikki Fahey and Māori Postgraduate Support Advisor Rachel Sizemore lead this discussion about imposter syndrome and provide a safe space to experience peer support regarding this issue. Participants need to agree to maintaining confidentiality and members may leave the session if it is not of benefit to them.

When:
9:30am
Duration:
1 hour
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University students

Full details

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December

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thur

Fri

Sat

Sun

 

1

Art workshop

Use the creative process to explore your health and well-being.

When:
10:00am
Duration:
2 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

2

Postgraduate walk in the Gardens

Leaving from the Graduate Research School we will head up into the Botanic Gardens for about an hour of fresh air, exercise and relaxation.

When:
11am
Duration:
1 – 1.5 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University – postgraduate

Full details

3

Lawn bowls

Come have a ball at Dunedin’s oldest bowling club (founded in 1883).

When:
1pm
Duration:
3 hours
Cost:
$10 per student
Cash bar (no eftpos)
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

Group fitness class

Let’s get in shape!

When:
11am
Duration:
1 hour
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

4

DCC End of Year Celebration for International Students

The City of Dunedin invites you to join us for an afternoon picnic experience, with games, activities, and a traditional Kiwi BBQ.

When:
3:30pm
Duration:
2 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

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8

Art workshop

Use the creative process to explore your health and well-being.

When:
10:00am
Duration:
2 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

Festive Fun at St David's

Come along any time between 11am and 3pm to pick up a Christmas pack, grab some food from the BBQ, sample homemade baking, and enjoy some outdoor activities, music and mingling with other international students.

When:
11:00am
Duration:
4 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

9

Postgraduate walk in the Gardens

Leaving from the Graduate Research School we will head up into the Botanic Gardens for about an hour of fresh air, exercise and relaxation.

When:
11am
Duration:
1 – 1.5 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University – postgraduate

Full details

Workshop: Competencies and values for sustainability and global citizenship

Explore ways in which attributes pertaining to sustainability and global citizenship can be categorised and articulated, by you, as a means to distinguish yourself from other graduates.

When:
10am
Duration:
1 hour
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University students

Full details

10

Bread making

Make sourdough, ciabatta, and flatbreads. Come and learn, share stories, and connect.

When:
10am
Duration:
2 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

Spot the Difference Kiwi Slang workshop

Come along and learn about communicating in New Zealand English. Chur Bro. Kiwi snacks will be available to try.

When:
3:00pm
Duration:
2 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University students

Full details

Group fitness class

Let’s get in shape!

When:
11am
Duration:
1 hour
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

Workshop: Effective note-taking strategies

This workshop will help you become a more effective learner by providing you with strategies to take better notes.

When:
2pm
Duration:
1 hour
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University students

Full details

English Language peer support sessions

These sessions will involve some facilitated conversation, games and activities both inside and outside the classroom.

When:
1pm
Duration:
2 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

11

Yule Ball

Come celebrate the beginning of summer in Dunedin with the Otago Postgraduate Association at our holiday Yule Ball.

When:
7:30pm
Duration:
4.5 hours
Cost:
$35 for OPA members, and $45 for non-members. Refreshments available.
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

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14

English Language peer support sessions

These sessions will involve some facilitated conversation, games and activities both inside and outside the classroom.

When:
1pm
Duration:
2 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

Spot the Difference Kiwi Slang workshop

Come along and learn about communicating in New Zealand English. Chur Bro. Kiwi snacks will be available to try.

When:
3:00pm
Duration:
2 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University students

Full details

15

Art workshop

Use the creative process to explore your health and well-being.

When:
10:00am
Duration:
2 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

Workshop: Avoiding plagiarism – Summarising and paraphrasing

Learn the difference between paraphrasing and summarising, become a more effective writer.

When:
11am
Duration:
1 hour
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University students

Full details

16

Postgraduate walk in the Gardens

Leaving from the Graduate Research School we will head up into the Botanic Gardens for about an hour of fresh air, exercise and relaxation.

When:
11am
Duration:
1 – 1.5 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University – postgraduate

Full details

Zumba class

It’s fun! It’s fitness! It’s ZUMBA!

When:
10am
Duration:
1 hour
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

17

Cooking

Find your inner masterchef! Hone your cooking skills and prepare tasty, healthy and quick meals on a budget.

When:
10am
Duration:
2 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

Māori games

Immerse yourself in traditional Māori games.

When:
1pm
Duration:
1 hour
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

Workshop: Writing at university

This workshop focuses on structural and stylistic elements which apply to a range of writing tasks.

When:
10am
Duration:
1 hour
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University students

Full details

18

Learn how to compost in your flat / house / office

Get hands on with compost, soil, and plants! Understand how to turn your food waste into green gold. Tackle climate change and grow your own food all in one.

When:
10am
Duration:
2 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

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21

22

Art workshop

Use the creative process to explore your health and well-being.

When:
10:00am
Duration:
2 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

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January

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thur

Fri

Sat

Sun

 

 

 

 

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Workshop series: Building your resilience

This three-part series is designed to equip you with strategies to help build your resilience and cope during uncertain times.

When:
11–13 Jan
9:30am
Duration:
3 hours each day
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University students

Full details

12

English Language peer support sessions

These sessions will involve some facilitated conversation, games and activities both inside and outside the classroom.

When:
2pm
Duration:
2 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

13

Proctor's Office and Campus Watch Welcome to 2021 BBQ

Campus Watch and the Proctor's Office are hosting a BBQ to welcome in the new year and welcome you back to campus!

When:
TBA
Duration:
TBA
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University students

Full details TBA

Postgraduate walk in the Gardens

Leaving from the Graduate Research School we will head up into the Botanic Gardens for about an hour of fresh air, exercise and relaxation.

When:
11am
Duration:
1 – 1.5 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University – postgraduate

Full details

Workshop: Stages of writing

This workshop will help you understand the stages of writing to help improve your writing efficiency.

When:
11am
Duration:
1 hour
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University students

Full details

14

Introduction to ceramics

Get hands-on with clay and have fun creating!

When:
10am
Duration:
2 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

Zumba class

It’s fun! It’s fitness! It’s ZUMBA!

When:
10am
Duration:
1 hour
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

15

16

17

18

Workshop: Managing the research journey

The main purpose of this workshop is to introduce you to the skills and strategies that successful researchers utilise to be prolific, work effectively, become independent, balance work and life, and become prolific writers.

When:
9am
Duration:
1 hour
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University students

Full details

19

English Language peer support sessions

These sessions will involve some facilitated conversation, games and activities both inside and outside the classroom.

When:
2pm
Duration:
2 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

20

Postgraduate walk in the Gardens

Leaving from the Graduate Research School we will head up into the Botanic Gardens for about an hour of fresh air, exercise and relaxation.

When:
11am
Duration:
1 – 1.5 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University – postgraduate

Full details

Workshop: Critical thinking

We will examine the application of critical thinking in different disciplines and look at a range of topics including gap statements and research questions, the literature review and claims about contributing to knowledge.

When:
11am
Duration:
1 hour
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University students

Full details

21

Group fitness class

Let’s get in shape!

When:
11am
Duration:
1 hour
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

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24

25

Workshop: Presentation skills

This workshop is designed for students who are new to giving presentations and those who want to develop their confidence.

When:
11am
Duration:
1 hour
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University students

Full details

26

English Language peer support sessions

These sessions will involve some facilitated conversation, games and activities both inside and outside the classroom.

When:
2pm
Duration:
2 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

27

Postgraduate walk in the Gardens

Leaving from the Graduate Research School we will head up into the Botanic Gardens for about an hour of fresh air, exercise and relaxation.

When:
11am
Duration:
1 – 1.5 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University – postgraduate

Full details

28

Workshop: Writing at university

This workshop focuses on structural and stylistic elements which apply to a range of writing tasks.

When:
3pm
Duration:
1 hour
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University students

Full details

Lawn bowls

Come have a ball at Dunedin’s oldest bowling club (founded in 1883).

When:
1pm
Duration:
3 hours
Cost:
$10 per student
Cash bar (no eftpos)
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

29

30

31

February

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thur

Fri

Sat

Sun

1

2

English Language peer support sessions

These sessions will involve some facilitated conversation, games and activities both inside and outside the classroom.

When:
2pm
Duration:
2 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

3

Postgraduate walk in the Gardens

Leaving from the Graduate Research School we will head up into the Botanic Gardens for about an hour of fresh air, exercise and relaxation.

When:
11am
Duration:
1 – 1.5 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University – postgraduate

Full details

Workshop: Managing the research journey

The main purpose of this workshop is to introduce you to the skills and strategies that successful researchers utilise to be prolific, work effectively, become independent, balance work and life, and become prolific writers.

When:
9am
Duration:
1 hour
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University students

Full details

4

Bread making

Make sourdough, ciabatta, and flatbreads. Come and learn, share stories, and connect.

When:
10am
Duration:
2 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

Group fitness class

Let’s get in shape!

When:
11am
Duration:
1 hour
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

Mau rākau (Māori martial arts)

Mau rākau is a traditional Māori martial art. This programme gives you the opportunity to learn the ancestral practices, values, and protocols of the warrior.
Ko au ko koe ko tātou – I am you and we are us.

When:
1pm
Duration:
1 hour
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

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6

7

8

9

10

11

Workshop: Reading for understanding

This workshop offers strategies to read university material effectively, efficiently, and for understanding.

When:
11am
Duration:
1 hour
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University students

Full details

DARO hosted BBQ

The Development and Alumni Relations Office welcome international students to join them for a relaxed summer BBQ.

When:
5:00pm
Duration:
2 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University students

Full details

12

13

14

15

16

English Language peer support sessions

These sessions will involve some facilitated conversation, games and activities both inside and outside the classroom.

When:
2pm
Duration:
2 hours
Cost:
FREE
Who:
University and Polytechnic students

Full details

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Recreation – UniPol is open!

UniPol offers students a wonderful facility with a huge range of recreational activities. If you have been curious about using the gym, or finding out more about other facilities and activities, summer is the best time to give it a go. Summer is much quieter than during the semester, and the excellent UniPol staff are on hand to answer all your questions. Give it a go!

Learn more about UniPol

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Your students’ associations are still here for you!

University of Otago

Otago Polytechnic

Community and ongoing events

We’re not the only ones putting on activities around Dunedin this summer.

Discounts

Dunedin activity providers want you to enjoy the summer just as much as we do.

Get in touch with your inner explorer, venture beyond campus, and experience the natural beauty that Dunedin has to offer with a variety of outdoor adventures from local, University-approved recreation providers. Be sure to use your valid student ID card to get special student discounts!

Recreation providers offering student discounts

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International student support

University of Otago

International student support teams are here to assist you with questions or issues throughout the summer:

Student support

Visa and insurance

The team is available to assist students with the student visa process along with other visa and insurance-related questions.

  • Drop in 11:00am–3:30pm Monday–Friday at the International Office, Ground Floor, Clocktower, or
  • Email student.visa@otago.ac.nz

Otago Polytechnic

International Student Success are here to support you with any questions or issues (visa, accommodation, well-being etc.) throughout the summer.

Hours: Monday–Friday: 8:00am–4:30pm

International Student Advisors

Sheena Roy
Email internationalstudentsupport@op.ac.nz
Tel 027 497 2452

Student Success

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About Summer at Otago

Cancellation

If an activity you’ve signed up for is cancelled for any reason, we’ll email you to let you know.

Adding activities

Got a summer activity you think students might enjoy? We’re happy to add more activities to the Summer at Otago calendar throughout the summer. Get in touch and let us know what you have in mind.

Email events@otago.ac.nz

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