Dunedin Chinese Garden, Dunedin

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Escape the bustle of the city at the tranquil Dunedin Chinese Garden, designed in the style of late Ming/early Qing gardens. Sheltered by 4 m (14 ft) walls, wander the paths from courtyard to courtyard, among immaculately landscaped vegetation that changes with the turning of the seasons. In addition to a large lake, the garden features a traditional tea house, serving Chinese teas, steamed buns, and dumplings. Puzzles and games offer mental diversion, while an audio guide explains the history of the Chinese in Dunedin. Arrange to visit Dunedin Chinese Garden and other attractions in Dunedin using our Dunedin route maker website .
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  • To wander the various paths through the mountains, and the lakes, through the various buildings and walkways, and just contemplate life was the feeling of this venue. We took the guided tour handsets,...  more »
  • We didn't get to see the Chinese gardens due to the Christmas holiday, but the outside was nice! Seemed very peaceful and lovely. Maybe another time!  more »
  • A lovely peaceful place to visit and learn. Easily accessible from Town. We were lucky enough to be enchanted by what we thought was a recording of Chinese music but turned out to be a Chinese gentlem...  more »
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  • This is the only one Chinese garden in New Zealand. And one of few Chinese gardens in Southern Hemisphere. All tiles are handmade in Suzhou China. There are some free Chinese tradition games. Old clothing can be wearing to take photos.
  • Fascinating history of Chinese immigrants into New Zealand in a lovely Chinese style garden. Would highly recommend to anyone passing through Dunedin.
  • A bit small and unfortunately it is in a loud area with trains going by but it is a wonderful ode to history and the ambiance is quite calming. A nice contrast to the standard tourism activities in the city.
  • It is a very beautiful garden. All that small details. I liked it. Free Audio guide. But the garden is very small. You have to pay a few dollars to get in there. But it is not that much.
  • Stepping into the Chinese garden makes you almost forget that you're in the middle of a city. Truly authentic experience, and very tranquil. It's a good place to sit down, catch up on some light reading, and simply relax. There's tea for sale, and a lot of historical information for those who are interested.

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