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Otago New Zealand


Otago New Zealand
The history of the Otago Region is very rich and interesting. Its well-known for disputes between the different Maori tribes, the European Settlement and the gold mines. Dunedin, the main city of the region is well-known for its university and classical 19th century architecture. Due to its roots, you will feel a Scottish way of life there straight away. Otago offers some of the country's best fishing to its top vineyards, the thrill of mountain biking through remote tussock to the leisurely pleasure of a stroll through wild mountain flowers. Arts, crafts, fine regional food. Jet boating, gold panning, and ice skating outdoors are all on the menu.
Travel guides for Otago: Viator.com, centralotagonz.com
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Otago Climate and Weather


What to do in Otago

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Clutha River Cruises & Jet Tours    8.8 KM Alexandra
Starting in Alexandra Central Otago, Clutha River Heritage Cruises will take you back in time down the stunning Roxburgh Gorge into the rich Gold Mining history of Central Otago. Along the way you will view some of the best examples of Gold Miner's rock shelters, huts and Gold workings in the country. You will visit the legendary Doctors Point Gold mine from the 1860's and try your luck at Gold Panning. Laurence your guide is also fluent in French and Spanish.
Monarch Wildlife Cruises    0.4 KM Dunedin
The natural way to see the world's only mainland colony of Albatross with eight other species of nesting sea birds : Blue Penguin, Variable Oyster Catcher, Sooty Shearwaters, gulls (2 species), shags (3 species)plus a breeding colony of NZ Fur Seals. A variety of daily tours from one hours to one day. "Monarch's" longer tours depart Dunedin and one hour cruise departs Wellers Rock Otago Peninsula
Taiaroa - visit of the albatross colony    20.9 KM Dunedin
Do not miss the Royal Albatross Colony. This is the unique mainland albatross colony in the world. You will know all about the interesting wildlife of these birds. The stopover for Taiaroa is included in the visit.
Elm Wildlife Tours - Close encounters with nature    0.4 KM Dunedin
Elm Wildlife Tours are the ultimate award winning New Zealand wildlife adventure. Albatross, Penguins, Fur seals, and Sea Lions and many other marine and estuarine species – Small group tours of 5-6 hours duration.
Otago Museum    1.6 KM Dunedin
Discover the treasures and special stories of this amazing region at the Otago Museum, just minutes from the city centre. Don't miss one of the best live tropical butterfly experiences in the world! Open 7 days from 10am – 5pm. 419 Great King Street, Dunedin. Ph +64 3 474 7474.
Taieri Gorge Railway    0.7 KM Dunedin
The Taieri Gorge Railway offers unique half day scenic experiences and is considered one of the world's great train trips. There is a licensed cafe on board so you can sit back and relax in comfort while you enjoy the view. If you are doing the Central Otago Cycle Trail you can take a one-way trip (we can carry your bike) and start or finish the trail in style. See our website for more information
Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony    1.6 KM Oamaru
The easiest place to view good numbers of the little blue penguins in N.Z. is at our respected conservation and research site. Informative and entertaining guided commentary, visitor centre and retail souvenir shop compliment your viewing experience. We are easily located en route between Dunedin and Christchurch and from central Otago through the scenic Waitaki Valley.

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Current and upcoming events in Otago

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    2.1 KM Dunedin
Locals! Get out on your own harbour to see and learn about historic vessels, old shipwrecks, harbour birdlife, Quarantine Stations and much, much more! Young children and adults will get just as much out of this one of a kind mini tour! We ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Otago Boat Harbour, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 2.1 KM from Dunedin
    1.7 KM Dunedin
A Solution Focused Approach to Severe Trauma & Stress Recovery Workshop - John Henden Venue: Harbour View Lounge, Edgar Centre, 116 Portsmouth Dr, Dunedin. Morning tea supplied. Bring your own cut lunch to keep costs down. There will only be ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Edgar Centre, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 1.7 KM from Dunedin
    0.5 KM Dunedin
Pint Night Thursdays at Dunedin Social Club! Featuring local bands and local beers starting at $5! With a rotating line up of your favourite Dunedin talent, Thursday nights there is no better place to be than DSC!
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Dunedin Social Club, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 0.5 KM from Dunedin
    1.4 KM Dunedin
Learn the art of Botanical Illustration, study native and exotic flora from the Olveston and Dunedin Botanic Gardens. A wide range of drawing and colour illustration strategies are explored. These classes at Olveston are led by a practising artist ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Olveston Historic Home, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 1.4 KM from Dunedin
    27.5 KM Alexandra
Make Cromwell Basketball great again! On Saturday, August 17th, the Cromwell Miners Basketball Club will be holding a charity basketball evening to benefit the Ronald McDonald House South Island. ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Cromwell College, Cromwell, Central Otago   Distance: 27.5 KM from Alexandra
    1.4 KM Dunedin
Study of the human figure is key to learning to draw well. A wide range of drawing skills and strategies are taught. Join us for our very popular tutored drawing classes taught by a practising artist and award-winning teacher. Classes are ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Olveston Historic Home, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 1.4 KM from Dunedin
    1.7 KM Dunedin
Come along and learn the art of the on stage tease, Hootchy Kootchy Vintage Cabaret Style, starting with signature moves. Workshop runs for 2 hours from 7pm-9pm $30 or $25 with student ID or community services card. Taught by Frisque Business, ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Moon Studios, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 1.7 KM from Dunedin
    0.5 KM Dunedin
Following the release of her mighty, critically acclaimed third album Designer, NZ singer-songwriter Aldous Harding sojourns home for a nationwide tour this August. Backed by full band, Harding will open festivities at Christchurch’s James Hay ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Regent Theatre, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 0.5 KM from Dunedin
    1.6 KM Dunedin
If you’re reading this notice, then you’ve been drawn to my seminar event for a very special reason. I have been told that the universe certainly works in mysterious ways, and we are often guided to certain people and places for reasons beyond ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Otago Museum, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 1.6 KM from Dunedin
    0.7 KM Dunedin
HU is a sacred sound and ancient mantra, that can uplift your life. Singing HU provides a sense of calm, strength, and centeredness. Come and experience chanting HU and enjoy spiritual conversation with others of like heart at a Sound of Soul ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Dunedin Community House, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 0.7 KM from Dunedin
    1.9 KM Dunedin
Legendary, Grammy-Award winning band Fleetwood Mac today announced an Australian and New Zealand tour, set to kick off on August 9 with two shows in Auckland on September 16 and 19, along with a welcome return to Dunedin on September 21. Produced by ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 1.9 KM from Dunedin
    0.6 KM Dunedin
Jimmy Barnes will embark on his biggest headlining tour of this century 'Shutting Down Your Town' playing all his classic hits plus highlights from his acclaimed new album 'My Criminal Record' out now. "Barnesy" is the heart and soul of Australian ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 0.6 KM from Dunedin
    0.6 KM Dunedin
Hitting a massive nine centres on his regional tour this September, Stan will take the stage to perform songs from his impressive catalogue plus his brand new pop smash single ‘Give’ (co-written by Matiu Walters of SIX60) for his beloved fans! ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 0.6 KM from Dunedin
    11.7 KM Dunedin
Tickets on sale NOW! Every two years the Port Chalmers Seafood Festival takes over Port Otago celebrating the greatest Kai Moana, Kiwi music, and local beverages to match it all. A special day out for the family and for friends - this is a ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Port Otago, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 11.7 KM from Dunedin
    20.9 KM Dunedin
Are you a Dunedin local or a Dunedin student? Fancy a wild visit to see giant chicks? We’re inviting you to take a $25 tour including transport to meet the giant Albatross chicks as part of our Local’s Sunday events! See what visitors rave ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Royal Albatross Centre, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 20.9 KM from Dunedin
    1.6 KM Dunedin
The ROCK Proudly Present - ONWARD - A DECADE OF DEVILSKIN From humble beginnings in the Waikato to gracing some of the biggest stages all over the world Devilskin are thrilled to celebrate their tenth birthday milestone with a comprehensive NZ ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Union Hall, University of Otago, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 1.6 KM from Dunedin
    0.5 KM Dunedin
Three time Grammy winner, Actor, storyteller and country music superstar Kris Kristofferson returns to Australia and New Zealand for a national tour with band The Strangers this September & October! Having accomplished more in his lifetime than ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Regent Theatre, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 0.5 KM from Dunedin
    0.6 KM Dunedin
Legendary Irish comedian Dylan Moran is returning to Australia with a brand-new show Dr. Cosmos. Moran will once again offer his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache from one of ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 0.6 KM from Dunedin
    1.6 KM Dunedin
This is Tami Neilson! With very special guest, Jay Neilson October 2019 New Zealand Tour Multi award-winning Canadian-born, New Zealand singer-songwriter Tami Neilson needs no introduction. Having become one of NZ’s most beloved artists of ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Mayfair Theatre , Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 1.6 KM from Dunedin
    0.3 KM Dunedin
Walk on down Dunedin's most delightful, creaky little staircase at Dee's Café and Venue for some laughs! The second Friday of every month Hello Pecia Productions brings you a line up of open mic comedians from all over! With a Pro MC to tie ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Dee's Cafe & Bar, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 0.3 KM from Dunedin
    1.6 KM Dunedin
Lloyd Cole brings to New Zealand in November 2019 his “From Rattlesnakes to Guesswork” tour, with Lloyd Cole and the Commotions guitarist Neil Clark joining him on stage. The duo will perform an entire career-retrospective of Cole’s work, ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Mayfair Theatre , Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 1.6 KM from Dunedin
0.5 KM Dunedin
The Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to New Zealand with Swan Lake... the most loved classical ballet of them all. This masterpiece ballet is presented in two acts and follows the original storyline. Subtle revisions and variations have been ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Regent Theatre, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 0.5 KM from Dunedin
    0.7 KM Dunedin
Join us every second Monday to kick the week off with a guided mindfulness meditation. The session is informal and everyone is welcome, it helps to have some experience but we'll talk you through everything. We meditate for about half an hour and ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Dunedin Community House, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 0.7 KM from Dunedin
    12 KM Dunedin
Plan an awesome Public Holiday day out with friends and family on a cruise, whether it be a full on 10 minute tour across on the harbour ferry, or a more relaxed 2 hours to view albatross seals and penguins, Port to Port Wildlife Cruises and Tours ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Port To Port Cruises And Wildlife Tours, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 12 KM from Dunedin
    0.5 KM Dunedin
Live Music every Friday night at Dunedin Social Club! Featuring a rotating line up and tunes to keep you pumping till the early hours of the morning! Check out our Facebook page to see who's playing this week.
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Dunedin Social Club, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 0.5 KM from Dunedin
    1.9 KM Dunedin
PLEASE NOTE: Start time not confirmed at this stage. “The most elaborate, high-tech arena show Elton has ever attempted...A parade of mega-hits and one hell of a way to say goodbye.” – Rolling Stone USA “Each song felt so important. Each ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 1.9 KM from Dunedin
    1.6 KM Dunedin
Exploration is in everyone’s DNA; we’re hardwired to be curious. This immersive media exhibition will take you on a journey with acclaimed explorer and filmmaker James Cameron, from the deepest parts of the ocean to some of his Oscar-winning ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Otago Museum, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 1.6 KM from Dunedin
    1.9 KM Dunedin
Heading to New Zealand Stadiums in February 2020. Returning To Auckland - first time ever in Wellington And Dunedin! Tickets on sale from Wednesday 17 April from 10am NZST - all shows reserved seating. The soaring success of the film 'Bohemian ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 1.9 KM from Dunedin
    12.1 KM Dunedin
Darn good music for Darn good people, the Portobello Blues Festival is a music festival encompassing concerts, workshops and open mic.
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Coronation Hall, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 12.1 KM from Dunedin

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Camping and overnight campervan parking in Otago

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Dunedin City And Surrounds    Dunedin
Overnight campervan parking - No facilities   Free
Kurow Holiday Park    0.6 KM Kurow
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   (Fees Apply)
 
Dunedin Holiday Park    1 KM Dunedin
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry, Wi-Fi   (Fees Apply)
 
Manuherikia River Rest Area    3.6 KM Alexandra
Overnight campervan parking - No facilities   Free
Aaron Lodge    4.1 KM Dunedin
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   (Fees Apply)
 
Lake Benmore Holiday Park    11.4 KM Omarama
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   (Fees Apply)
 
Kakanui Camping Ground    11.6 KM Oamaru
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   (Fees Apply)
 
Mosgiel Motor Camp    12.2 KM Dunedin
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power   (Fees Apply)
 
Waikouaiti Beach Motor Camp    14.4 KM Palmerston
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   (Fees Apply)
 
Brighton Motor Camp    15.4 KM Dunedin
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Shopping   (Fees Apply)
 
Moeraki Village Holiday Park    17.5 KM Palmerston
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry, Wi-Fi   (Fees Apply)
 
Glencoe Reserve    21.6 KM Oamaru
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets   (Fees Apply)
 
Omakau Camping Ground    23.3 KM Alexandra
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Showers, Shopping   (Fees Apply)
 
Omakau Basic Free Camping Area    23.6 KM Alexandra
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   Free
 
Taieri River Mouth Road    24.2 KM Dunedin
Overnight campervan parking - No facilities   Free
Blind Billys Holiday Camp    42 KM Ranfurly
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   (Fees Apply)
 
Piano Flat Riverside Camping    43.2 KM Raes Junction
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets   (Fees Apply)
 

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