Dunedin and Otago Peninsula
Dunedin, once New Zealand's wealthiest city, has attractions for everyone. A university city, it has a vibrant cafe and pub scene - thanks to its large student
population - and a vigorous cultural life. Victorian and Edwardian architecture, a superb museum and modern art gallery are some of its many attractions. Dunedin also
has a lovely setting of beaches and hills. Nearby are the wildlife and heritage sites of the Otago Peninsula. including Larnach Castle and the only mainland breeding
colony in the world of the royal albatross.
Renowned for its lakes, mountains and evocative, dry landscapes which attract many artists. A trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway is a memorable journey into the dry,
rocky terrain of inland Otago where generations of families holiday each year. Walking, boating, swimming, fishing, mountain biking, golf, skiing and skating are
popular activities, or you can just laze in the sun beside lakes and rivers enjoying the fruits of the orchards and vineyards of the region.
Historic buildings and sites are a legacy of an exciting past when miners tried their luck at many different goldfields. For present-day excitement, Queenstown,
the adventure capital of New Zealand, guarantees the adrenalin rush and thrills of extreme adventures. Wanaka, also by a beautiful lake and gateway to the Mount
Aspiring National Park, is geared for visitors but is a more peaceful resort.
The coast north of Dunedin is dotted with attractive, sandy beaches and quaint holiday houses. Yellow-eyed and blue penguins, seals and occasional sea lions visit
here, too. Inland, the rolling green hills are home to prosperous farms. The fine Victorian buildings of Oamaru, North Otago's main town, were constructed during
rural boom times. They are made of the distinctive, local limestone.
Also a prosperous farming area. The Catlins area (v. SOUTHLAND) which spans Otago and Southland attracts visitors interested in getting off the beaten track.