DUNEDIN, SOUTHLAND & WAITAKI
Take the chance to view the unique wildlife that thrives around the rugged coastline of Dunedin, Waitaki and Southland. The world’s rarest penguin, the Yellow Eyed penguin makes its home on the beautiful beaches, whilst colonies of the world’s smallest penguins, Little Blue penguins, can be viewed making their way ashore at sunset. The Otago Peninsula is home to the world’s only mainland breeding colony of the Royal Albatross, and Stewart Island draws bird watchers from around the world to see our native birds, including the Kiwi, in their natural environment. The wild coast also hosts the New Zealand Hooker sea lion, native Fur seals, Hector dolphins, and migratory whales and sharks! You can even view our living fossil, the Tuatara lizard, at Southland Museum.
WHERE TOURISM CONNECTS
The great outdoors
Get active! It’s a natural playground with a myriad of activities available. Try one of the many cycle trails, including Alps 2 Ocean, Clutha Gold Trail or Round the Mountain. Or be more adventurous and try a mountain bike experience on some of the many off road trails around the regions.
Waitaki offers world class skiing and gliding experiences in the spectacular alpine interior, and interesting geological features such as the famous Moeraki Boulders on its coastline.
There are some of the best surf conditions in New Zealand around our coast for experienced surfers and a surf school available for beginners! Try a round of golf on one of our scenic courses or at New Zealand’s oldest golf club. Go fishing, either at sea or on the many beautiful braided rivers flowing from the mountains.
Try one of Southland’s celebrated ‘Great Walks’ in Stewart Island or Fiordland or a shorter walk through native bush to sea caves, dramatic cliffs or sweeping beaches at many points of the coastline.
A celebrated heritage
The abundant food and shelter available around our coast and rivers has attracted settlers since the earliest Maori migration and the early European settlers who developed the region into one of the finest agricultural production areas of New Zealand were no exception. The discovery of gold in the 1860’s, led to a rapid influx wealth and people of many cultures. The rich legacy of heritage buildings in our towns and cities reflect the many strands of culture, learning and enterprise brought together by the people and events that shaped our regions.
You can immerse yourself in our history in museums and attractions such as; Whitestone City in Oamaru’s Victorian precinct, Larnach Castle, Olveston Historic Home, Toitu Otago Settlers Museum in Dunedin and Transport World, Te Hikoi in Southland and many others.
Produce of the land & sea
The abundance of our produce delights locals and visitors alike, festivals celebrate the rich sea bounty, the world famous Bluff Oyster Festival or the Port Chalmers Seafood festival for example. Throughout the year you can taste local produce at local Farmers markets and the variety of cuisine available at restaurants throughout the region is amazing.
Sit back and enjoy a coffee at a quirky café or waterfront bar, or cycle through the vineyards of the Waitaki Valley. See behind the scenes of our iconic producers such as Whitestone Cheese, Speights and Emerson’s Breweries and Cadbury World.
The first city of New Zealand, it’s compact city centre displays iconic Edwardian and Victorian architecture, Dunedin Railway Station; Law Courts and First Church to name a few.
Activities include cruising on the spectacular Otago Harbour, a scenic train ride through the remote Taieri Gorge. This vibrant and artistic city can keep visitors occupied for days, offering art galleries, museums, art & literary trails and local designer stores. A very special place!
The ultimate nature destination, a centre of innovative motoring history, and home to unique hands on experiences, Southland is the New Zealand we all dream of. From Bill Richardson Transport World, to an unforgettable island getaway to Stewart Island/Rakiura to discovering ‘moonshine country’, the reasons to stay are many.
Whether your passion takes you outdoors with fishing, biking, walking or kayaking or you enjoy more indoor pursuits such as sampling our local craft produce, browsing the shops or taking in a show, the Southland region is waiting for you.
Be it wine, craft beer, artisan cheese or award-winning cuisine; Waitaki is the perfect destination to indulge and find your own favourite flavours.
Be inspired by our local artists and galleries and the quirky world of Steampunk and wonder at the dramatic seasonal landscapes of the Waitaki Valley. Discover our unique wildlife, geological curiosities and stunning Victorian streetscapes.
Hike, peddle, paddle, ski, stroll, glide or drive and create your own unforgettable Waitaki experience.