Otago, Invercargill, and Stewart Island

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  • 1. 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 in the...Read More

  • 2. Bill Richardson Transport World

    Museum/Gallery

    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...Read More

  • 3. Bluff

    Town/Village

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

  • 4. Botanic Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

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

  • 5. Bunkhouse Theatre

    Arts/Performance Venue

    A Local's Tail is a quirky 40-minute movie about life on Stewart Island as told by Lola the dog. At three daily screenings (11 am, 2 pm, and...Read More

  • 6. Cadbury World

    Tour–Sight

    Which came first, the Cadbury factory or the Cadbury Creme Egg? At Cadbury World you can watch chocolate candy in the making—and stand back...Read More

  • 7. Dunedin Public Art Gallery

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 8. Dunedin Railway Station

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 9. E. Hayes and Sons

    Store/Shop/Mall

    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...Read More

  • 10. First Presbyterian Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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 delicate 200-foot...Read More

  • 11. Larnach Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

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

  • 12. Milford Galleries

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 13. Moeraki Boulders

    Moeraki | Geological Site

    These giant spherical rocks are concretions that were formed by a gradual buildup of minerals around a central core. Some boulders have sprung...Read More

  • 14. Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

    Local Interest–Sight

    Penguins might be present any time of the year, and tours and viewing opportunities run day and evening. There's a small visitor center on-site...Read More

  • 15. Oreti Beach

    Beach–Sight

    The surf at this spot 11 km (7 miles) southeast of town is often too rough for swimming, but locals do swim in summer, and surfers and windsurfers...Read More

  • 16. Orokonui Ecosanctuary

    Forest

    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...Read More

  • 17. Otago Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    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...Read More

  • 18. Queens Park

    Park/Playground

    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" rose...Read More

  • 19. Rakiura Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    A charmingly eclectic collection includes Māori artifacts, ambergris, old schoolhouse memorabilia, tools from gold and tinning prospectors,...Read More

  • 20. Rakiura National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Since spring 2002, about 85% of Stewart Island has been designated as Rakiura National Park. The park encompasses areas that were formerly nature...Read More

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