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Dunedin Chinese Garden
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$19.99*
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Dunedin Self Guided Audio Tour
Ranked #17 of 120 things to do in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 13, 2013

I'm not sure about the value for money, but a beautiful spot to see and atmospheric in any weather. Didn't take long (15-20 minutes) to see. The room where they had costumes for children to try on etc was closed sadly. There was a small tea room that looked enticing but nothing gluten free so we didn't stay. We combined this with a visit to the Early Settler's Museum next door.

Thank brisbane_familyof5
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

We did not go in as there is a fee and had visited chineese gardens elsewhere again paid for by China. These were quite good and free. Go for the Botanical gardens instead.

Thank Brave-Pete
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

The garden is well set out (as it should be as it was done by experts from China). It appears to be modelled on The Garden of the Master of the Nets with a bit of Tiger Hill thrown in. We had a light lunch there in one of the pavilions and a most relaxing time.

Thank Jim M
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Very small, but beautiful. The entrance fee was a bit high for such a small garden, but worth it for a one off visit.

Thank Julie S
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

A very Chinese garden, this was very unexpected and delightful. Tardis like, it is much bigger on the inside than it appears on the outside.
I went away wanting to get home and build one of my own!
I imagine that koi fish are not available in NZ but if they were they would be a fantastic addition to this garden which just cries out for more fish in the pond. We did discover a large number of goldfish that were hiding under a bridge but they were not in the least interested in coming out and lending ambiance to the garden...
The story of the garden makes this a fascinating place, imagine the effort of building it, just to dismantle it and bring it halfway across the world to rebuild it in Dunedin!
The attention to detail was lovely and I can imagine that it is a popular place for weddings.
I enjoyed it very much, it wasn't something I expected to find here, worlds away from China, and it was beautiful.

Thank Kolanda
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