The sweeping panoramas of Coastal Otago are some of the most rewarding in New Zealand. Miles of wild wetlands provide a haven for wildlife, with vast national parks to explore and diverse marine life out on Otago Peninsula. The region’s major city, Dunedin, is on hand for soaking up a little culture.
Coastal Otago is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful regions, a magnet for lovers of the great outdoors. Whether you’ll be tramping – also known as hiking – or cycling the country’s famous Otago Central Rail Trail, you won’t be able to resist the region’s miles of rural scenery and button-cute towns.
The Otago Peninsula has untamed beaches teeming with fur seals, sleepy sea lions, penguins and ginormous albatrosses. There are amazing cruises and nature walks to choose from, from cycling to sea kayaking. Animal lovers will be charmed by the Yellow-Eyed Penguin Conservation Reserve, who care for poorly penguins and help build nesting sites.
The historic harbour side town of Dunedin is the largest in the region, distinctive for its uniform Gothic architecture spread out across a surf-loving coast. With a youthful population proud of its Scottish heritage – Dunedin is Gaelic for Edinburgh – the city garnered a reputation for its vibrant music scene and burgeoning contemporary art galleries.
Dunedin’s old Victorian railway is a scenic way to enjoy the city and it surroundings. You can ride in authentic wooden cars that have been carefully restored since the 1920s and take the old Taieri Gorge Route through miles of countryside.
Lightfoot Travel’s New Zealand specialists are extensively travelled throughout the region and will use their own experience to design your perfect tailor-made luxury tour.