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Otago Things to Do

Hydro electric dams along the Clutha River have formed Lake Roxburgh and Lake Dunstan. These now offer a range of recreational opportunities, from power boating and fishing to windsurfing and sailing. Old trails that provided access for thousands of miners in the gold rush of the 1860s can still be seen winding over the hills, along with stone cottages, cleverly engineered water channels, mines and machinery associated with the gold rush.

Activities in Otago include:

  • Walking, hiking
  • Mountain biking, cycling
  • Kayaking
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Heritage tours
  • Horse trekking
  • Shopping
  • Dining out
  • Scenic flights
  • Winery tours
  • Fruit picking

Larnach Castle Dunedin

Built in 1871 by William Larnach and located in Dunedin City, Larnach Castle is New Zealand's only castle.

Explore the superbly crafted buildings with magnificent architecture or the spectacular tower views and beautiful gardens.

For a truly special experience, boutique lodge accommodation is available in the castle gardens. Weddings and functions are held in the beautiful 3,000 square foot ballroom.

Moeraki Boulders

The Moeraki Boulders are a unique attraction in the Otago region. These unusually shaped boulders dot the shores of Koekohe Beach and draw thousands of locals and tourists alike to wonder at the curiosity of shoreline erosion.

Stunning sunset at Tunnel Beach, Otago NZ. Copyright: Chris Stephenson

Tunnel Beach

Take the Tunnel Beach Track down through an excavated tunnel to a romantic, secluded beach with a spectacular rocky coastline. Tunnel Beach boasts massive sandstone boulders and mysterious graffiti carved into the cliffs. There is also a dangerous rip here that has claimed lives, so do not swim in the sea.

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