Dunedin has a considerable Chinese community, many of whom have roots back to the Chinese gold miners of the 1860s Otago gold rush and the Scholar’s Garden sprang from the feeling that Chinese had played an important part in local history and this should be acknowledged. So this gated oasis of water and graceful trees (between the harbor and the business district) were designed and built in Shanghai, dismantled, shipped to Dunedin, reconstructed, and opened in 2008. Despite this unusual provenance, the garden does not have an artificial atmosphere, but instead an aura of scholarly calm. The garden also has a good, albeit small, gift shop.
The Dunedin Chinese Gardens
Corner of Rattray and Cumberland streets
Our Rating Hours Daily 10am–5pm Phone 64/3/477-4000 Prices NZ $9 adults, free for childen under 13 Web site Dunedin Chinese Garden
MapCorner of Rattray and Cumberland streets Dunedin
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