Facility Hire Rates (Exclusive use) (all figures quoted are ex GST)
The Gasworks Museum has two facilities for hire:
The Fitting Shop:
This is a recently restored building which originally was a gas purification building that was converted to a workshop. The Library is suitable for small meetings of up to 10 people. The main area which can hold 30-50 people seated or 100 people standing, has an old lathe and drill press as centre pieces and a forge area. The building is centrally heated. Toilet facilities can be accessed in the main Engine House Building*. Hireage Rates: The Fitting Shop Daytime: $50.00 per hour (minimum charge 2 hours) Day rate: $175.00 Evenings: $80.00 per hour ( Minimum charge 2 hours)
Hireage rates : Meeting Room Daytime: $25.00 per hour ( minimum charge 2 hours) Evening: $40.00 per hour (minimum charge 2 hours) Other equipment: Tables and chairs by arrangement. Data projector and screen $60.00 Whiteboard: $30.00 Extra Tables: $20.00
* For larger gatherings we may need to hire portable toilet facilities.
The Engine House:
This building has our main gasworks displays including working steam driven exhausters and pumps. This building has been described as the best example of working gas machinery in the world. The building has toilet facilities. The building has many points of interest and our team can take tours to show people the exhibits. The building can be hired as a static display suitable for photographic shoots or other product launches. This area can seat up to 50 people theatre style Alternatively our engineers can steam up and have the plant running. This does require them to be onsite up to 4 hours before the time of your event. Hireage rates: The Engine House Static display $80.00 per hour (minimum charge 3 hours) Steamed up with working machinery $200.00 per hour (minimum charge 3 hours)
Catering: We can arrange catering by prior arrangement for events you are holding at the museum.
To discuss your booking call Craig Bush 03 4778048
Visiting Rates (GST inclusive)
Group Visits: Seniors, School & Education Groups, Non-waged. The best time to visit the Museum is on a Tuesday when Volunteers are present. School groups under 16 years of age must have a ratio of 1 adult to 6 students. Tuesday visits Adults: $4.00 per person Children under 15 years old $2.00
Other days Adults: $8.00 per person Children under 15 years old $3.00
To discuss your booking call Craig Bush 03 4778048 , book online or email
Casual visiting rates open days The Museum is open every Sunday of the month from 12noon until 4pm. It is also open to the public on Tuesdays between 12 noon and 4pm.
Casual visitor rates: Individual: $4.00 Child (5 – 15 years) $2.00 Family (2 adults and 2 children) $10.00 Seniors / Students (with ID) $3.00
The Dunedin Gasworks Museum
The Dunedin Gasworks Museum is situated in the Engine House of the now closed Dunedin Gasworks which was New Zealand’s first and last gasworks, operating from 1863 until 1987. It is one of only three known preserved gasworks museums in the world. This is a significant local and world heritage site.
The museum is located at 20 Braemar Street, South Dunedin (near the South Dunedin Warehouse and Pak'n'Save), and is open on the first and third Sunday of each month, 12:00 noon to 4:00pm. Admission charges are $4.00 for an adult and $6.00 for a family ( 2 adults and 2 children).
Sir Neil Cossons, former Chairman of English Heritage and a world authority on industrial heritage, and the Patron of the Dunedin Gasworks Museum Trust, has stated that in his opinion this museum has "the best examples of an operating Gaswork's plant in the world".
Presently the Gasworks Museum Trust is undertaking a major restoration of the Fitting Shop.
The museum is situated in and around the Engine House of the original gasworks, which was a much larger complex when it was operating.
Do you have stories/information/photos or titbits about the Dunedin Gasworks when it was still operational, or know of anyone who does? If so we would love to hear from you. Please contact us by email at
or phone Kirsten or Jasmine on 03 455 5063 and leave a message.
How to get to the Museum
The museum is located at 20 Braemar Street, South Dunedin (near the South Dunedin Warehouse and Pak'n'Save)
A regular public bus service runs from Princess St to the vicinity of the Museum. The bus departs from Stand 1 on Princess St south of the Octagon, it returns to Stand 2. These bus stops are outside the present location of the Dunedin Information Centre.
The map below shows the best route to the Museum from the Octagon.
The Gasworks Museum is NOW OPEN on every Sunday of each month, 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. It is also open from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm every Tuesday when volunteers are working on the site. The museum can be opened with prior notice for special visits by contacting the Museum.