Located in the southeastern corner of New Zealand’s South Island, Otago encompasses a diverse wild landscape. Here, you’ll find glacial lakes, lush rolling hills and even sandy beaches. This region also has world-renowned wineries and some of the country’s most accessible wildlife. A luxury holiday to Otago, Invercargill and South East offers the chance to escape into the great outdoors.
If you’re looking for picture-perfect scenery and sweeping vistas, head to Otago. Nature lovers will delight in the chance to see some of New Zealand’s famed wildlife, like penguins, albatross, sea lions and seals, or visit glacial lakes like crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu. While historians will enjoy the opportunity to explore colonial gold-rush towns such as Clyde, St Bathan, and Ophir. A trip to Otago has something for everyone.
Nearby Invercargill, to the east of Otago, is a perfect base for exploring the region. Here, you’ll find plenty of fantastic restaurants, a thriving microbrewery scene, and historical buildings. Make sure to visit the Southland Museum and Art Gallery, where you can learn about the surrounding area’s natural history.
From Invercargill, you can easily access world-renowned natural beauty spots like Stewart Island or Waituna Lagoon with its abundant bird population. Throughout this peaceful region, you’ll find world-class wineries, known especially for the award-winning Pinot Noir, as well as plenty of outdoor activities. You can tramp epic trails through mighty mountains, swim in glacial lakes, ski in knee-deep powder at internationally-renowned resorts and much more. After a holiday here, you’ll feel relaxed and refreshed.
As New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere seasons are a bit different from the UK – summer ranges from November to March while winter ranges from May to September. Yet in Otago, temperature and weather remain relatively consistent throughout the year.
In summer temperatures can reach highs of 17 degrees Celsius while winter temperatures drop slightly to 6 degrees Celsius. Temperatures drop further higher in the mountains and snow is common between May to September. For internationally-renowned skiing head inland to Coronet Peak or Cardrona.
At your luxury Otago hotel, you’ll find modern New Zealand, traditional Maori and international dishes. Menus feature seasonal produce, fresh daily catches of seafood like crayfish and kina and meat dishes featuring local lamb or beef. Specialities include Maori feasts like hangi, kiwi burgers, and delicious desserts like hokey pokey ice cream or pavlova.
Otago also produces some fantastic wine. The region is particularly well-known for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling. You can sample regional wine off exclusive menus or by visiting local vineyards.