Dunedin and Coastal Otago is a
region of natural beauty overlaid with a fascinating cultural history, often referred to
as the eco-capital of New Zealand.
The Otago coast stretches from the Waitaki
north of Oamaru to the mighty Clutha River south of Dunedin. A must see are the
mysterious Moeraki boulders.
Start at the north. New Zealand's Waitaki district
is a place of haunting natural beauty with green pastures and small picture-book fishing
villages. Stop in at Oamaru and look at the historic whitestone architecture, an amazing
townscape that towers over a modest community.
Dunedin is New Zealand's city of
the south. Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, it wears its Scottish heritage with
pride. Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a long harbour, Dunedin is one of
the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. The
accommodation is good and plentiful; equally so, the natural attractions. On Dunedin’s
doorstep you will find incredible wildlife including the world’s rarest penguins and, at
Taiaroa Head, the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross.
further south, and you join the Southern Scenic Route, a must-do of the South Island
that follows the wild coast down to Invercargill and then north-west to Manapouri and Te