Otago is a diverse and beautiful region of the South Island. Home to rugged mountain ranges, golden beaches, flowing rivers amd idyllic rainforests. Explore the remains of old mining towns, taste the local wines at a vineyard, experience the charm of Dunedin and much more.
Otago's scenery is both rugged and beautiful. This region, located in the centre of the South Island, is at the forefront of New Zealand's biotechnology and engineering worlds. A great place to visit, the Otago people have a hard-working, friendly and relaxed approach to life. Here you can immerse yourself in the diverse landscape, explore abandoned mining villages, visit local vineyards and get up close to some of the country's most intriguing animals.
The main centre, Dunedin, is a beautiful city with a blend of historical and cosmopolitan charm. The city is home to a vibrant, young population thanks to the University of Otago and offers visitors a colourful art scene, fine dining and beautiful gardens and parks. Framed by the Otago Peninsula the wildlife in the area is also a must see with fur seals, penguins, albatrosses and more calling Dunedin home.
Central Otago experiences the hottest summers and the coldest winters in the country. Exhibiting a dramatic landscape of age old mountains, alpine herb fields, fast flowing rivers and rock formations, once a gold mining hot spot, you can still see the mining trails laid over the hills. While in the area try your hand at gold panning or explore old miners cottages and even a haunted hotel. Wineries have become increasingly popular in the area with Pinot Noir being one of the prized products. Central Otago towns include Alexandra, Cromwell, Clyde and Middlemarch.
North Otago is an idyllic spot just north of Dunedin. The main centre of this area is Oamaru, home to Blue Penguins, classic buildings and the famous New Zealand novelist Janet Frame. Also in the area is the Waitaki Valley which is a great spot for fishing and skiing.
South Otago is characterised by beautiful golden coastlines, lush forests and native wildlife. In this area you can visit Balclutha an old mining town turned farming community and Taieri Mouth a quaint seaside fishing village.
There are so many things to see and do in the Otago region including horse treks, hiking, scenic flights, fishing and more. You can try your luck at the casio, catch a show at the theatre, get your heart pumping with skydiving or bungy jumping - your opportunities are endless.
Main centres in the Otago region include Dunedin, Alexandra, Cromwell, Ranfurly and Roxburgh.
Other Towns in the Central Otago Region