Otago, Invercargill, and Stewart Island Travel Guide


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.


Otago, Invercargill, and Stewart Island Hotels

Dunedin has a full range of accommodations, from modest hostels to luxury hotels, while Invercargill has more motels than... read more


Otago, Invercargill, and Stewart Island Restaurants

Dunedin has the area's highest concentration of good restaurants. Seafood is a big player, in part because of Dunedin's... read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in Otago, Invercargill, and Stewart Island

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.


Otago, Invercargill, and Stewart Island Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Bird-Watching: See yellow-eyed penguin or an albatross on the peninsula or a kiwi on Stewart Island. Predator-free Ulva Island is... Read more

  • Rakiura National Park

    Between the rocky beach and a primitive forest at Lee Bay, a plaque at the park's entrance quotes a Stewart Islander: "I must go over to... Read more

  • The Southern Man

    The laconic "Southern Man" has a special niche in the Kiwi mind—the typical specimen lives in the country, has a trusty dog by his... Read more

  • Stewart Island Man of the Year

    If you want to watch a bunch of young bucks get down and dirty on Halfmoon Bay beach right in front of the pub to compete against their... Read more


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