Historically, Otago was one of the original six provinces of New Zealand, encompassing everything south of the Waitaki River, including present day Southland and the Queenstown-Lakes area. This guide covers a much smaller area, focusing on the coastal areas of Otago and Central Otago.
The name Otago is an anglicisation of the Maori placename Otakou as heard in the local dialect. Otakou means red earth.
There is an international airport at Dunedin.
Moeraki Restaurant & Bar - touristy cafe at the stairs to the beach to the Moeraki Boulders. Good view of sea.
Fleur's Place - located in the Moeraki village away from SH1. Fresh seafood.
Fish Inn, in Waikouiti - fish & chips shop on SH1. Good fish in light fluffy batter.
The Otago region is very popular for their Pinot Noir. Chardonnay ranks second than Sauvignon blanc and Riesling.
Unlike the more northerly parts of New Zealand, parts of Otago often gets snow in winter. Some of the roads, especially the alpine passes become icy in winter, so chains should be carried and used when called for.