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Dunedin, Southland and Stewart Island

The southeast of the South Island is probably not the warmest corner of the country, nor is it surrounded by the highest mountains but here it is where every visitor can enjoy small-town hospitality and unforgettable eco-activities.

The Otago coast stretches from the Waitaki River north of Oamaru to the mighty Clutha River south of Dunedin.

The main centre of the region is Dunedin, an elegant city with close links to the Scottish heritage. Boosted by riches from the 1861 gold rush, the city grew from an isolated outpost to a bastion of European culture.

North and south of the city, the jagged coast is peppered with bizarre geological formations, sheltered sandy bays and sheer cliffs full of vibrant wildlife.

Don’t miss:

Oamaru – eye to eye with the penguins

This coastal town north of Dunedin is famous for its white limestone, used in many of the architectural gems of the region.

Aside from the attractions of the town itself, within walking distance visitors can observe both yellow-eyed and blue penguins at their respective colonies.

Driving south to Dunedin, take a stop and marvel at the perfect roundness of the mysterious Moeraki boulders, lying partly embedded on a beautiful sandy beach.

Stewart Island – spot the rare Kiwi

Stewart Island is New Zealand’s third largest island but is often over-looked – allowing it to remain a largely unspoilt wilderness of rainforest, beaches and a vast range of bird-life.

From Bluff, home of the Bluff Oyster, visitors may catch a ferry or scenic flight to the island.

Otago Peninsula – world renowned eco reserve

The Otago Peninsula is one of New Zealand's most renowned eco tourism areas.

A 64 km round tour of the Otago Peninsula offers you unique opportunities to view a remarkable range of wildlife including Royal Albatross, rare yellow-eyed penguins a variety of seals, water and wading birds.



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