Otago, Invercargill, and Stewart Island

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  • 1. Otago Museum

    Galleries in an 1877 building are a throwback to Victorian times. The museum's first curator was a zoologist, and many of the original animals collected...Read More

  • 2. Royal Albatross Colony

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

  • 3. Bill Richardson Transport World

    More than 300 trucks and VW Kombis (that's a VW bus, to Americans) are on display, alongside motoring memorabilia and petrol bowsers—or, again for Americans,...Read More

  • 4. Bluff

    In the tiny seaport township of Bluff ("The Bluff" to locals) you can taste the coveted namesake oysters. An annual festival, held in May, wallows...Read More

  • 5. Bunkhouse Theatre

    A Local's Tail is a quirky 40-minute movie about life on Stewart Island as told by Lola the dog. At three screenings most days (11...Read More

  • 6. Dunedin Botanic Gardens

    Relax and enjoy the birdsong of bellbirds, woodpigeon, and tūī amid 70 acres of international and native flora at New Zealand's first ever public garden....Read More

  • 7. Dunedin Public Art Gallery

    The shell of an original municipal building has been paired with a sweeping, modern, glass facade to house a collection that includes European masters Monet,...Read More

  • 8. Dunedin Railway Station

    The 1906 Dunedin Railway Station, a cathedral to the power of steam, is a massive bluestone structure in Flemish Renaissance style, lavishly decorated with heraldic...Read More

  • 9. E. Hayes and Sons

    Invercargill's most famous sight is a 100-year-old hardware store that stocks every little thing you can think of. It's totally yin-yang (grandma-grandpa) with one half...Read More

  • 10. First Church of Otago

    On the south side of Moray Place, the church is not vast, but it's still impressive, with a base of Oamaru stone topped by a...Read More

  • 11. Larnach Castle

    High on a hilltop with commanding views from its battlements, the grand baronial fantasy of William Larnach, an Australian-born businessman and New Zealand politician, was...Read More

  • 12. Milford Galleries Dunedin

    Milford Galleries, a major fine-art dealer, presents solo and group exhibitions of New Zealand paintings, drawings, sculpture, glasswork, ceramic art, and photography. Among the artists...Read More

  • 13. Moeraki Boulders

    These giant spherical rocks are concretions that were formed by a gradual buildup of minerals around a central core. Some boulders have sprung open, revealing—no,...Read More

  • 14. Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

    Penguins at Friendly Bay might be present any time of the year, and tours and viewing opportunities run day and evening. There's a small visitor...Read More

  • 15. Oreti Beach

    The surf at this spot 9.5 km (6 miles) southeast of town is often too rough for swimming, but locals do swim in summer, and...Read More

  • 16. Orokonui Ecosanctuary

    A 30-minute drive northeast of Dunedin is a 759-acre forest where native plants and wildlife thrive in relative safety surrounded by an 8.7-km (5-mile) predator-proof...Read More

  • 17. Penguin Place

    Harrington Point

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

  • 18. Queens Park

    These 200 acres in the center of town create a fine layout of public gardens. Included are two rose gardens with both modern and "antique"...Read More

  • 19. Rakiura Museum

    This charmingly eclectic and extensive collection telling the island's history includes Māori artifacts, ambergris, old schoolhouse memorabilia, tools from gold and tinning prospectors, even a...Read More

  • 20. Rakiura National Park

    Let 265 km (164 miles) of trail unfurl at your feet into pure wilderness when you enter Rakiura National Park: the rest of the world...Read More

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