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Dunedin Chinese Garden

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Address: Corner Rattray and Cumberland Streets, Dunedin 9058, New Zealand
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+64 3-477 3248
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Explore an authentic example of a Chinese scholar's garden that celebrates...

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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A good stroll in a unique environment.

Visited here, and am surprised. For a small entrance fee, one is able to walk around some very interesting displays. I was struck at how clean the place is.The small lake had some... read more

Reviewed March 12, 2017
Ashburton, New Zealand
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Ashburton, New Zealand
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Reviewed March 12, 2017

Visited here, and am surprised. For a small entrance fee, one is able to walk around some very interesting displays. I was struck at how clean the place is.The small lake had some discolour, but this I put to the heavy rain that had fallen,in the last few days. The ornate carvings, and displays are clearly worth a visit to... More 

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
Reviewed March 12, 2017

Stopped here on our way back from the Taieri gorge trip. As always with such gardens the buildings, rocks, plants and water are beautifully arranged and designed to be very calming. It doesn't take very long to go round but is definitely a nice to do.

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Christchurch. N.Z
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 10, 2017

From the outside the Chinese gardens were understated. Going inside was a surprise, beautiful buildings surrounded by water and gardens. A wonderful to go and chill out or reflect very peaceful. You can try on traditional Chinese clothes, play with panda handpuppets, have a Chinese tea in the tea house or just sit and reflect. Well worth a visit close... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed March 6, 2017

Wonderful example of a "Chinese" garden in a quiet spot of the city. Thoughtful landscaping, buildings and perfect place to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed March 1, 2017 via mobile

These is a small cute Chinese garden , it's currently 9$ for adults, 6$ for students and seniors. It's small but it has a free audio tour and exhibits on the building of this garden , the theory behind Chinese gardens and the history of Chinese immigrants to New Zealand. It takes about 30 min to an hour. If you... More 

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Reviewed February 27, 2017

This is a little bit of peace in a busy city and very reasonable at NZ$9 for entry. Although small there are lots of little walkways to explore and I was quite impressed with how tidy and well kept everything was. There seems to be symbolism and thought behind each touch and I wish I had got an audio guide... More 

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Hoi An, Vietnam
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Reviewed February 25, 2017

We didn't know anything about the Chinese garden so were delighted to find this hidden gem. It is extremely peaceful and the audio guide helps you understand more about the architecture and the philosophy behind the buildings.

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Reviewed February 24, 2017 via mobile

I had seen a review of the Chinese garden and thought it would a lovely place to stretch the from travelling in the camper van. Value for money at $9 per adult plus good concessions for others. The garden is beautifully designed with many good vantage points for photos. We were heading for the tea house, when a large group... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 19, 2017

This is a wonderful peaceful garden to view. Very well laid out with lots of fascinating history of the Chinese settlers. Not over expensive.

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed February 19, 2017

After taking the train to Pukerangi we walked along the road on our return to the Chinese Gardens. They are really as beautiful as all the brochures tell you and after walking around admiring the buildings, rockeries, lake and plants there is a small shop that serves tea to you in the Tea House by the lake. We had the... More 

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