Otago / Deep South

Dunedin with its Scottish heritage is home of the country’s first Botanic Gardens, New Zealand’s first university and the grand Railway Station, purported to be the most photographed building in the land. Dunedin is a city full of interest and vitality, its busy harbour visited by numerous cruise ships each year. The world’s only mainland albatross rookery is just 45 minutes away on the tip of the Otago Peninsula, as are seal and penguin colonies.

To the north, Oamaru, famous for its distinctive Victorian limestone buildings, is undergoing something of a renaissance with its historic port area being transformed into a precinct of restaurants. Southbound are the ‘Moeraki Boulders’on Koekohe Beach and the Catlins, an unspoilt, sparsely populated area with an abundance of birds and wildlife, sea lions, fur seals, Hectors Dolphins, little blue and yellow eyed penguins.

Invercargill, the country’s southern most city services Southland’s established prosperous farming industry, the area’s fertility and generous rainfall contribute to the success of both dairy and other farming pursuits. The bounty continues in Fouveaux Strait which separates Bluff and Stewart Island, making it a mecca for fishing and diving.

Northwest, majestic, mysterious Fiordland has been awarded World Heritage status and can be explored by scenic flight or cruise. Mitre Peak, Milford and Doubtful Sounds and of course the ‘great walks’ for hiking and tramping, the Milford Track, Routeburn and Kepler Tracks traverse the Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks. The Sounds of the Fiordland National Park are Marine Reserves, an intriguing underwater environment encouraging light sensitive species to live closer to the surface, diving reveals red and black corals and fascinating fish life.

The Southern Lakes area offers spectacular scenery, adrenaline pumping adventure tourism activities, award winning wineries, world class golf courses, cafes and restaurants, exclusive luxury alpine lodges and boutique hotels. The spectacular scenery sets the stage and one can easily understand why many scenes in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed locally.

Both Queenstown and Wanaka are popular year round vacation destinations. Many festivals are held in the area and while in summer the lakeside locations encourage a variety of water sports, the peaks and glaciers great climbing in winter the spectacular mountains attract skiers and boarders from around the globe.

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Activities

Alpine Heliski

Alpine Heliski provides outstanding day, multiday and private charter Heliskiing / Boarding on spectacular untouched alpine terrain surrounding the world renowned adventure travel destinations of Queenstown, Wanaka and the Mt Cook region.

Phone: 03 441 2300    Address: 36-38 Shotover Street, Queenstown    www.alpineheliski.com

Elm Wildlife Tours

Close encounters with nature. Exclusive guided tours of spectacular Otago Peninsula witness tourism and penguin conservation working together within our private reserve.

Elm Wildlife Tours

Phone: 03 454 4121    Address: 19 Irvine Road - The Cove, RD2, Dunedin    www.elmwildlifetours.co.nz

Lord of the Rings Tours & Experiences

Phone: 03 3380982    lordoftheringstours.co.nz

Queenstown wineries

Address: Queenstown    

TSS Earnslaw

Address: Queenstown    

Glenorchy & Dart Valley

Address: Queenstown    

Jet Boating, Hiking, Rocks e.t.c

Address: Queenstown    

Rob Roy Glacier

Address: Wanaka    

Walk in Matukituki

Address: Wanaka    

Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail

Address: Waitaki Valley    

Central Otago Wineries

Address: Otago    

Blue Penguins

Address: Waitaki Valley    

Hydro Electric Dams

Address: Waitaki Valley    

Dart River Safari

Address: Arrowtown    

Otago Central Rail Trail

Address: Arrowtown    

Chinese Village

Address: Arrowtown    

Milford Flightseeing

Address: Milford    

Gibbston River Trail Walk

Address: Arrowtown    

Gibbston Valley Cheesery

Address: Arrowtown    

Village & Bay Tours

Address: Stewart Island    

Oban Kiwi Spotting

Address: Stewart Island    

Nokomai Helicopters

Address: Lumsden    

Fly Fishing in Mataura River

Address: Lumsden    

Restaurants

Eichardt's Bar

Phone: 03 441 0450    Address: 2 Marine Parade, Queenstown    www.eichardts.com

Fishbone

Address: Queenstown    

The Landing Restaurant & Bar

Address: Wanaka    

Riverstone Kitchen

Address: Oamaru, Waitaki Valley    

Amisfield Wine Co Winery & Bistro

Address: Arrowtown    

Saffron Restaurant

Address: Arrowtown    

Cafe / Takeaways

The Tin Goose

Address: Queenstown    

Cafe Gusto

Address: Wanaka    

Aggie’s Fish & Chip Shack

Address: Arrowtown    

DUNEDIN

MANAPOURI

QUEENSTOWN

TE ANAU

WANAKA

SOUTH ISLAND

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