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.