Otago – breathtaking scenery around every corner

Otago is the second most southerly region of the country, and one of the most diverse. Its 32,000 square kilometres encompasses mountainous regions and vast open plains, glacier-fed rivers and deserted sandy beaches.

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Nestled near the bottom of the South Island, Otago has a traditional farming heritage plus many little-known natural and historic treasures. Where else can you walk among wild seals, visit a life-sized but miniature castle, kayak through semi-submersed caves, or jet boat down rock-strewn rivers? Otago has it all – accessible wildlife, adventure tourism, world class vineyards and restaurants, historic sites, deserted white sandy beaches and vistas of staggering beauty.

Otago is a region of contrasts. Its unique character is defined by a magnificent landscape and diverse climate. Queenstown winters bring snow while Alexandra’s summers are among the hottest in the country. Snow-covered mountains, native forests and stunning southern lakes populate the west of the region while dry, tussock-covered mountains and valleys of rock complement this wild and beautiful land.


Dunedin is a vibrant city surrounded by a giant outdoor playground. Walk, cycle, kayak or take a tour of the Otago Peninsula. Thirty minutes from the CBD the  peninsula is concentrated with unique New Zealand wildlife. Here you will see yellow eyed penguins, the only mainland albatross breeding colony, New Zealand fur seals, sea lions and much more. Lonely Planet ranked the day cycling journey from the city meandering through the peninsula as number one in the world. 

Dunedin is home to New Zealand’s largest University (University of Otago) and is packed with historic architecture, cafes, bars, art galleries and New Zealand designer fashion. A city tour ending at The Otago Settlers Museum will uncover the tales of those who settled in Dunedin from early Maori, Scottish pioneers and Chinese gold miners. 

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