Whether you are looking for superb scenery, craving adventure or want to get up close and personal with the local wildlife, Otago is the place to be. Endowed with a rich cultural heritage and stunning natural beauty the region is one of New Zealand's best kept secrets.
From the beauty of Lake Ohau & Omarama including a soak in your private hot tub to the sights of the Waitaki River as she passes through lakes and dams. Omarama hosts the world’s best gliding, New Zealand’s highest altitude producing vineyard
Oamaru owns some of the most impressive historic 19th century architecture in New Zealand. A visit to the working historic Victorian Precinct is a must with its great array of shops, galleries, a foodie’s delight and a far cry from any city shopping mall. Art galleries, museums and a stunning opera house add to the culture and heritage offerings to absorb. Historic property Pen-y-Bryn Lodge is located in Oamaru.
Coastal North Otago
South of Oamaru and en route to Dunedin includes the Kakanui coastal route sweeping past deserted beaches and gentle farmlands. Great beach walks are on offer as is fresh local produce of which Kakanui tomatoes are famous. Also south of Oamaru you can live the heritage that is the Totara Estate and Clark’s Mill. The world famous Moeraki boulders are near to Moeraki village where fishing charters are available or lap up the atmosphere which is unique to the incredible oceanfront seafood restaurant that is Fleurs Place. Explore second hand and vintage shops in coastal towns, see an outdoor sculpture park or take in a tour at a working gold mine with Oceana Gold Tours.
Set between rolling hills and rugged coastline, Dunedin is popular for its unique combination of a bustling university, architectural heritage and exotic wildlife. Dunedin is centred in the region of Otago, well known as a natural playground and for the quieter pleasures of wildlife, enchanting scenery and local cuisine. Dunedin is recognised as one of the best-preserved sites of Edwardian and Victorian architecture in the southern hemisphere. And modern culture is thriving too in Dunedin with theatres, art galleries, cafes restaurants and bars scattered throughout the city.