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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Taieri Gorge Railway

  • Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

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

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

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

New Zealand Marine Studies Centre

  • Zoo/Aquarium

To learn about the Southland's underwater species, check out the aquarium at the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre. You can spot octopi,...

Anderson Park Art Gallery

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The Anderson Park Art Gallery is in a splendid 1925 neo-Georgian-style house. The 60 acres of surrounding gardens and lawns include a...

Seaview Enterprises

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Rakiura Helicopters

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Island-born Zane Smith of Rakiura Helicopters can zip you to any island destination from his Fern Gully heliport based right above town.


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