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Otago, Invercargill, and Stewart Island Travel Guide

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Plan Your Otago, Invercargill, and Stewart Island Vacation

The province of Otago occupies much of the southeast quadrant of the South Island. During the first three decades of the 1800s, European whaling ships cruised its coast and ventured ashore, yielding a mixed response from the Māori, who had been living here for hundreds of years.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Bird-Watching See yellow-eyed penguin or an albatross on the peninsula or a kiwi on Stewart Island. Predator-free Ulva Island is often called the jewel in the crown of New Zealand's national parks.
  2. Kiwi Sports Rugby is what puts New Zealand on the world stage, and for many kiwis it’s a passion, even religion of sorts. Super-rugby’s Highlanders and provincial team Otago ruck and maul at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium; the All Blacks play some international fixtures here, too.
  3. Pubs and Clubs Thanks to the presence of 20,000 university students, Dunedin is full of funky bars, late-night pubs, value-for-the-money cafés, and rocking music venues.
  4. The Southern Sea The lower coast of the South Island is wild and woolly, bordering the great Southern Ocean that swirls around the base of the globe. Head south along the Catlins section of the Southern Scenic Route for ocean views, diving seabirds, and sandy beaches.

When To Go

When to Go

Dunedin gets more visitors in summer, but during the university vacations it's quieter. Inland Otago remains dry year-round, and you can expect cri...

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