Otago Peninsula, South Island New Zealand

The Otago Peninsula (19.000 ha), stretching along the southern edge of the Otago harbour is an easy drive from central Dunedin. A wonderfully scenic trip will see you passing lush green pastures, small bays and inlets, sandy beaches, rugged hills and volcanic landforms. So near to major city centre, yet so far removed from the hectic pace of city living.

The Otago Peninsula is arguably New Zealand’s most renowned eco tourism areas. There are unique opportunities to view a remarkable range of wildlife including Royal Albatros, blue penguins, and rare yellow-eyed penguins a variety of seals, water and wading birds.

Explore the Peninsula’s well preserved, colourful history. Larnach Castle, Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens, Disappearing Gun and New Zealand Marine Studies Centre Aquarium are just some of the highlight of any visit.

Discover the talents of current resident when you visit the galleries, studio and craft shops that do the small township and bays.

Otago Peninsula’s cafes and restaurants offer the great selection of fine cousine at reasonable prices and the opportunity to sample some of New Zealand’s award winning Central Otago wines.

A variety of accomodation styles to suit all budgets is available on Otago Peninsula. Stay a little longer and enjoy the hospitality found at our bed and breakfasts, Farmstays, Homestays, Motels and self-contained units, Cottages, Backpakers, Lodges, and Camping Grounds.

A round tour of the peninsula is approximately 64 kilometers. You may choose to travel the harbourside road out to Taiaroa Heads and Return to Dunedin via high road. Highcliff Road offers magnificent coastal and city view as well as nummerous photo opportunites.

Sources: atoZ Visitor Guide 2009

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One Response to Otago Peninsula, South Island New Zealand

  1. Jo says:

    I loved looking at your pics as I was just there myself. It’s a gorgeous part of New Zealand. Take a look here:
    http://vipbackpackers.wordpress.com/2010/02/19/a-plateful-of-wildlife-in-new-zealand/

    Cheers.

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