The South Otago region is one of amazing diversity. From the beautiful blue waters of the rugged coastline to the rolling green hills covered with sheep and the iconic dry Otago landscape dotted with giant boulders, this is a special piece of New Zealand’s South Island. Nestled amongst the ever-changing scenery you’ll discover the adventure capital of Queenstown, the eco capital of Dunedin, and the spectacular mountains towering around the edges of beautiful Lake Wanaka. Come and experience the magic. Book your South Otago hotels with us below!
If you love big, friendly cities, are fascinated by wildlife encounters and enjoy getting out into nature, Dunedin is the spot for you. Touted the eco-capital of New Zealand, nature is on your doorstep wherever you go. Join a mountain biking tour through the wilderness-rich Otago Peninsula, or take a nature discovery tour to get up close to wild albatrosses, penguins, seals and sea lions. Hike your way through the dramatic volcanic landscape, then dive through the crystal clear waters of the city’s gorgeous beaches. While it’s easy to get caught up in all the beautiful scenery here, don’t forget to explore the city centre. Wander the octagonal-shaped CBD and soak up the chilled out vibes, before venturing further to take in all the gorgeous architecture, world-class gardens and thriving arts, design and fashion scene.
If you prefer your natural scenery with a burst of adrenaline, you’ll love Queenstown! The adventure capital of New Zealand, this is where the adrenalin junkies go for max exhilaration. The home of bungy jumping, you can still jump off the bridge where this crazy phenomenon started. Otherwise, you can jump out of a plane. For something slightly tamer, try paragliding, zip lining or river rafting through the spectacular scenery. Still too much? Okay, maybe you’ll like 4WD driving, trailing along the many local walking trails, taking a heli flight, or kayaking along the calm waters of Lake Wakatipu. And if you’re still too chicken, indulge in a spa treatment, browse the boutique shops, admire the scenery and indulge in the fine food and wine of the region.
If it’s small town vibes that you’re chasing and a beautiful spot to relax, book a few days in Lake Wanaka. One of the most famous lakes in New Zealand, the tranquil waters shimmer in the midst of the pristine alpine backdrop of Mount Aspiring National Park. Unpack a picnic by the water’s edge, meander your way along one of the many hiking trails through the region, or get out on the crystal clear waters on a jetboat, sailing boat or kayak. Throw in a fishing line, go canyoning, or kick back in one of Wanaka’s cafes and watch the world pass by. A small town set on Lake Wanaka, whether you come here to get amongst nature or simply admire it from afar, Wanaka will wow you with its unspoiled beauty.
From the tranquil vibes of Wanaka, to the adrenalin-pumping action of Queenstown and the natural wonders of Dunedin, this is one part of New Zealand you don’t want to leave out of your itinerary. Check out our range of South Otago accommodation below and get excited!
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