Otago, Invercargill, and Stewart Island Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Otago, Invercargill, and Stewart Island - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Royal Albatross Colony & Taiaroa Head

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

The wild and exposed eastern tip of the Otago Peninsula is the site of a breeding colony of royal albatrosses. Among the largest birds...

Southland Museum and Art Gallery

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The Southland Museum and Art Gallery contains the largest public display of live tuatara, New Zealand's extremely rare and ancient...

Speight's Brewery Heritage Centre

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For a tasty indulgence, head to the Speight's Brewery Heritage Centre for a tour of the South's top brewery, which dates back to 1876.

St. Clair Beach

  • Beach–Sight

The sea at Dunedin can be a little wild; in summer an area between flags is patrolled by lifeguards. St. Clair has some good surfing;...

Taieri Gorge Railway

  • Bridge/Tunnel

A route along the now-closed Otago Central Railway runs from Dunedin to Pukerangi and Middlemarch, home of the annual Middlemarch Singles'...

The Mole

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The Mole, which splits the picturesque white-sand beach at the end of the Aramoana Peninsula, is a 1-km-long (½-mile-long) artificial...

The Octagon

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The city's hub is the eight-sided town center, lined with several imposing buildings, and a smattering of market stalls, cafés, and...

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum

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Documents, works of art, technological items, and forms of transport tell the stories of all Otago settlers, from Māori and early European...

Water Tower

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An exceptional example of Victorian architecture can be seen peaking above the city's gentle landscape. Built in 1889 to pressurize the...

Yellow-Eyed Penguin Reserve

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This conservation project is entirely funded by guided tours of the private reserve. If you'd like to observe the world's most endangered...


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