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Thrilling adventures, gold-mining history, wildlife and viticulture make Otago a major draw card for visitors to the South Island of New Zealand. This is a region of immense natural beauty that ranges from snow-capped mountain peaks and tussock-covered ranges, to glacial lakes, sprawling plains and a coastline with hidden beaches and rugged peninsulas. Otago occupies a southerly section of the South Island and while today the region is a world-famous tourist destination, it maintains close ties with its farming and mining traditions.
Queenstown is the country’s adventure sports capital, set on the banks of Lake Wakatipu in the shadow of mountains such as Ben Lomond and The Remarkables. Explore the lake by kayak and stand-up paddleboard or on fishing tours, jet boat rides and the TSS Earnslaw Steamship. Try bungee jumping, canyoning, skiing and snowboarding along with toboggan-style go-karting. Visit the spellbinding Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound, where parts of The Lord of the Rings were filmed.
Bike or drive along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Glenorchy to enjoy more outdoor adventures. Find numerous walking trails that lead into Mount Aspiring National Park.
Embark on a journey through New Zealand’s gold-prospecting heritage in the towns of the Central Otago region. Arrowtown, Clyde, Cromwell, Macetown and St. Bathans all reveal parts of the region’s traditional industries. Marvel at the ever-changing scenery while biking along the Otago Central Rail Trail. Stop at tourist-friendly wineries, known internationally for their production of pinot noir.
Travel to Dunedin, a vibrant university city on the region’s east coast. Browse its galleries, admire its colonial architecture and take a tour of the Speight’s Brewery. A short drive from here is the Otago Peninsula, where marine wildlife inhabits beaches, cliffs and coves. Spot royal albatross at Taiaroa Head, yellow-eyed penguins at Sandfly Bay and blue penguins at Pilots Beach.
Beach hop along the Pacific Ocean coastline, stopping at seaside towns along the way. North of Dunedin are Kakanui and Oamaru, with Kaka Point and the remote Papatowai to the south. Don’t miss the bays, caves and waterfalls of The Catlins, a stunning region accessible by the Southern Scenic Route.
Dunedin and Queenstown are the major transport hubs for Otago. The region’s laid-back pace makes exploring by bike and car a pleasurable experience. Alternatively, relax on memorable train journeys such as the Taieri Gorge Railway.
Vintage hotel and nice garden. Good view from room. A good size bathroom too. The outdoor spa was not heated up the first night we were there. The 2nd and 3rd it was not that hot, water in outdoor pool was too cold.
Breakfast menu should be improved a lot . Only few variation. room service given to my room was excellent . Thanks for Dain Hong for that . Staff is very good .
Best hotel we ever stayed! Great location with unbeatable lake and snow mountain view. We could even stay in the room with balcony to enjoy the views.
It was in a great location near the lake and very handy to the shops and restaurants.
They quoted me $5NZD to deliver my room service (a delivery fee for two coffees we had requested). I’ve never experienced this at a hotel before, so opted to go down to the lobby and pick up the coffees myself to avoid the delivery charge.
Great location within walking distances to restaurants. Rooms are very small, not recommended for more than one night.
Good location with good parking. Short walk to town.
Spacious room with lovely view from the balcony. Shuttle bus available into town or a 20 minute walk along the lake.