South Island, New Zealand
The Otago region, located on the south-east coast of the South Island, is known as the 'Scotland of the South'. Scottish immigrants established the area and named the regional capital Dunedin (the Celtic name for Edinburgh) in the 1800s, and many of the city's historic buildings have distinctly Scottish architecture, including the Gothic Larnach Castle. Rugby is a religion here and the city of Dunedin is home to the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame and Carisbrook Rugby Stadium.
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Central Otago is known for its award-winning wines and is part of the world's southern-most wine growing region. Pinot Noir is the main variety grown here and many visitors take wine tours of the picturesque vineyards and wineries in the area. The 'Big Picture' wine experience in Cromwell is an interactive wine education centre with wine tasting, an aroma room and a 'virtual flight' over the region's vineyards. The Otago region is also known for its outdoor activities including walking, bike-riding, kayaking and fishing. Explore the tunnels and whale fossils at Tunnel beach, or the strange boulder formations at Moeraki. Join an eco-tour on the Otago Peninsula to view albatross, penguins and fur seals or visit the Orokonui Eco-sanctuary, a fenced bush area dedicated to preserving the region's threatened animal species.
Dunedin has always been a seat of learning, with the country's oldest university established here in the late 1800s. Many of New Zealand's greatest poets, writers, artists and musicians have called Dunedin home. Dunedin is a very hilly city so if walking gets too much, there is abundant public transport around the city. Day tours to the regional areas of Otago are available.
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Dunedin's compact size means most hotels are within walking distance of the CBD, however there are many charming B&Bs and holiday parks in the surrounding areas. In the regional areas you'll find a great range of lodges, farm-stays, backpacker hostels, and family friendly accommodation. Please search for our favourite accommodations in Dunedin to find current availability and get the best room rates from over 100 booking sources: