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Otago is a region in the South Island of New Zealand. Its hilly country and sheltered valleys gives the province a variety of climates and some spectacular scenery.

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.


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The name Otago is an anglicisation of the Maori placename Otakou as heard in the local dialect. Otakou means red earth.

Get in[edit]

There is an international airport at Dunedin.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Lakes.
  • Mountains.
  • Rivers.
  • Tiny towns and villages, some now abandoned.
    • The stone architecture of many of the pioneers' structures.
    • Abandoned goldfields
  • Moeraki Boulders - peculiar round rocks on the beach near the fishing settlement of Moeraki, about halfway between Oamaru and Dunedin, about 20 km north of Palmerston.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Goldpanning
  • Skiing
  • Adventure tourism
  • Otago Central Rail Trail
  • Otago Museum

Eat[edit][add listing]

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.

Drink[edit][add listing]

The Otago region is very popular for their Pinot Noir. Chardonnay ranks second than Sauvignon blanc and Riesling.

  • Evansdale Cheese Factory (Waikouaiti), Hawksbury Village State Highway 1 (Watch for the signs.), 4658 101, [1]. 10 --4. A small cheese factory with a shop where you can sample and buy cheese. Open 7 days.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

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.

Get out[edit]

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