Otago, Invercargill, and Stewart Island Travel Guide
Plan Your Otago, Invercargill, and Stewart Island Vacation
The province of Otago occupies much of the southeast quadrant of the South Island. During the first three decades of the 1800s, European whaling ships cruised its coast and ventured ashore, yielding a mixed response from the Māori, who had been living here for hundreds of years. In 1848 Dunedin was settled, and all the land from the top of the Otago Peninsula south to the Clutha River and sections farther inland were purchased from the Māori. By the mid-1860s Dunedin was the economic hub of the Otago gold rush. Dunedin's historical wealth endures in such institutions as the University of Otago, the oldest in the country.
Dunedin has a full range of accommodations, from modest hostels to luxury hotels, whereas Invercargill has more motels than... read more
Dunedin has the area's highest concentration of good restaurants. Seafood is a big player, in part because of Dunedin's... read more
Things To Do in Otago, Invercargill, and Stewart Island
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
Bird-Watching: See yellow-eyed penguin or an albatross on the peninsula or a kiwi on Stewart Island. Predator-free Ulva Island is... Read more
Between the rocky beach and a primitive forest at Lee Bay, a plaque at the park's entrance quotes a Stewart Islander: "I must go over to... Read more
The Southern Scenic Route, 440 km (273 mi) long, follows the coast south of Dunedin, picks up the highway to Balclutha, and swings around... Read more
The laconic "Southern Man" has a special niche in the Kiwi mind—the typical specimen lives in the country, has a trusty dog by his... Read more
Oamaru's other claim to fame is penguins. Each evening, enthusiastic blue penguins—the world's smallest penguin breed—emerge from the... Read more
The Nature. As the last natural light fades at the lighthouse, you'll begin to hear the whir of wings and strange cries. These are... Read more
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