Otago, Invercargill, and Stewart Island

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

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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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. St. Clair Beach

    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,...Read More

  • 8. Taieri Gorge Railway (The Inlander)

    A route along the now-closed Otago Central Railway (now christened The Inlander) runs from Dunedin to Pukerangi and Middlemarch, home of the annual Middlemarch Singles'...Read More

  • 9. Cadbury World

    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 as...Read More

  • 10. New Zealand Marine Studies Centre

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

  • 11. Southland Museum and Art Gallery

    The Southland Museum and Art Gallery contains the largest public display of live tuatara, New Zealand's extremely rare and ancient lizards. The museum has also...Read More

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