Otago, Invercargill & South East things to do

Otago, Invercargill & South East
Dunedin Railways

Take a trip on Dunedin Railways to experience one of the world’s most scenic journeys. From Dunedin, you can travel either into the breathtaking Central Otago Hinterland or along Otago’s northern coastline. Along the way, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to experience Otago countryside and capture the perfect holiday photo.

Otago, Invercargill & South East
Dunedin Chinese Garden

As the sister garden to Yu Yuan Garden in Shanghai, at Dunedin Chinese Garden you can travel back in time to the late Ming and early Qing Dynasty. In addition to authentic Chinese garden spaces, it also features a traditional tea house. You can easily pass a pleasant afternoon strolling through the lush green spaces and picnicking amongst the flowers.

Otago, Invercargill & South East
Lake Wakatipu

Lake Wakatipu stretches for over 50 miles making it one of the country’s longest lakes. Dramatic mountains, including The Remarkables, fringe the waters creating unforgettable vistas. There are several ways to explore the waters but one of the best is via the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steamboat. You’ll also find many world-class vineyards in the nearby Gibbston Valley.

Otago, Invercargill & South East
Otago Peninsula

Known as the Wildlife Capital of New Zealand, Otago Peninsula’s main draw is the chance to spot unique marine animals like royal albatross, endangered yellow-eyed penguins, blue penguins, seals, sea lions, and sea elephants. The peninsula is also home to Larnach Castle and walking trails leading to stunning ocean views.

Otago, Invercargill & South East
Larnach Castle

On Otago Peninsula, you’ll find Larnach Castle the only castle in Australasia and one of the country’s few grand houses. Built in the late 19th-century, it’s well worth a visit. You can attend one of the castle’s fantastic events like the annual Winter Ball, have a romantic dinner inside the castle or take a leisurely stroll through award-winning gardens.

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