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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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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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    0.6 KM Dunedin
How We Survive is a feminist spoken word performance featuring internationally acclaimed poets Olivia Hall and Carrie Rudzinski. This two-woman show presents a powerful and honest narrative on what it is to be a woman living and surviving in 2019. ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Dunedin City Library - Dunningham Suites - Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 0.6 KM from Dunedin
    2.1 KM Dunedin
Scottish folk fusion stars Shooglenifty will be performing tunes and songs old and new when they head back New Zealand in October. Fresh from a sell-out gig at the world’s most prestigious arts event, the Edinburgh International Festival, the ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: 50 Dundas - Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 2.1 KM from Dunedin
    0.2 KM Dunedin
Corporeal is an exhibition of new oil paintings by Wellington artist Séraphine Pick. Corporeal is Séraphine Pick's second exhibition at Brett McDowell Gallery. "I keep changing. I don't sit still for long. I'm a figurative artist and there's ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Brett McDowell Gallery - Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 0.2 KM from Dunedin
    1.6 KM Dunedin
New Zealand's freshest Magic and Illusion Spectacular is back with new illusions, more magic, more comedy, more antics and much more fun for 2019. Come along to witness an unforgettable show with one of New Zealand's leading magicians Mike Lindsay ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Mayfair Theatre - Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 1.6 KM from Dunedin
    0.4 KM Dunedin
Rangi Matahauariki. I am in awe of how these collective forms work together in suspended spectacles across the skies. Playful, fluid, sometimes edgy- these are magical arrangements. Clouds tower amass, in full glory; bravado, animated, stacked ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Moray Gallery - Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 0.4 KM from Dunedin
    0.5 KM Dunedin
Kalisolaite 'Uhila has been recognized for his powerful works that take inspiration from his daily life; his performances drawing the viewer close into his perspectives and experiences of the world. Between August and October 2019, 'Uhila will use ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Dunedin Public Art Gallery - Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 0.5 KM from Dunedin
    11.9 KM Dunedin
Willy Russell's Blood Brothers is coming to Dunedin! Taieri Musical is bringing this fantastic musical to the Coronation Hall from October 17th for a strictly limited season. This fantastic tale of two twins separated at birth is a performance ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Mosgiel Coronation Hall - Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 11.9 KM from Dunedin
    0.2 KM Dunedin
Tai Chi classes: With experienced qualified coach Master Haogui Chen, the 13th generation successor of Chen's Tai Chi and winner of a number of Tai Chi competitions in China. Tai Chi sessions schedule: Saturday: 8:30am-10am - Combination of ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Dunedin Chinese Garden - Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 0.2 KM from Dunedin
    1.1 KM Dunedin
Roll up. Roll up. Roll up!!! Welcome to Season 5 of New Zealand's largest and newest travelling event! The Extravaganza Fair! The Extravaganza Fair is a family affair, it is a free entry, fun day out with something for everyone. We're ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: The Oval - Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 1.1 KM from Dunedin
    0.2 KM Dunedin
There is a cinematographic quality to Dick Frizzell’s new body of work, Out of Alex. Drawing on the time he spent as artist-in-residence at Henderson House in Alexandra, the artist’s canvases recall wide-angle, medium, and close-up shots which, ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Milford Galleries Dunedin - Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 0.2 KM from Dunedin
    1.6 KM Dunedin
Special Exhibition – Submissions Phase Have you ever had your heart broken? Do you own an object that won’t let you forget? Give it to us, and join a global exhibition of loss and healing. The Otago Museum is co-organising the collection of ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Otago Museum - 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
When James Cook sailed down the Otago coast in 1770 he observed what he thought to be a barren uninhabited land. This exhibition weaves together taonga, images, maps, and knowledge handed down from ancestors to tell the story of how fifty generations ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Hocken Collections - Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 1.6 KM from Dunedin
    0.4 KM Dunedin
Guy Williams “Some places in the central North Island and most of the South Island" Tour 2019 Billy T Award-Winning Comedian Guy Williams is Back! Some of you might not have even noticed that he was gone, or even realised that he was here in ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: New Athenaeum Theatre - Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 0.4 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
    0.7 KM Dunedin
Is your fridge bursting at the seams? Are you filling your compost bin quickly? Are your chickens fat? Perhaps you are wasting food. At this educational masterclass, learn lots about what Kiwi’s waste and how we can save money. Plus, lots of ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Dunedin City Library - Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 0.7 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
    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
    0.5 KM Dunedin
Anxiety disorders are the most common child and adolescent mental health concern. Anxiety is a very normal human response, but for as many as 1 in 5 young people in New Zealand the symptoms become so intrusive so as to interfere with day to day ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Dunedin Public Art Gallery - Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 0.5 KM from Dunedin
    1.6 KM Dunedin
The Rock are proud to Present; The Feelers & Stellar* All The Hits, Summer Tour Pioneers of the kiwi music industry THE FEELERS are thrilled to announce a comprehensive NZ tour this summer; joined at select locations by iconic NZ band STELLAR* ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Union Hall - University of Otago, Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 1.6 KM from Dunedin
    28.8 KM Alexandra
Celebrate the year and celebrate the season with Christmas at the Races! Treat yourself to an action-packed day of entertainment including fantastic food and drink, live music and thrilling racing action. From a low-key picnic on the lawn to a ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Cromwell Racecourse - Cromwell, Central Otago   Distance: 28.8 KM from Alexandra
    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
    0.5 KM Dunedin
Taking a journey through the Dunedin Public Art Gallery's historical collection, Style and Substance looks to the genre systems that have occupied art history discourses for centuries. Divided into six themes - history painting, portraits, genre ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Dunedin Public Art Gallery - Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 0.5 KM from Dunedin
    27.7 KM Alexandra
The Speed Works MotorSport NZ Championship is back from the Christmas break and on New Zealand's South Island over the weekend of January 18th and 19th at the fantastic Highlands Motorsport Park in picturesque Cromwell. And it’s a big weekend ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Highlands Motorsport Park - Cromwell, Central Otago   Distance: 27.7 KM from Alexandra
    1.5 KM Dunedin
On 3 June 1869, the University of Otago Ordinance 1869 became law. This meant that the newly established University became a corporate body with power to grant degrees. This was a significant first for New Zealand. Two years later, with a ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: University of Otago Library - Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 1.5 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
    0.5 KM Dunedin
The New Zealand Masters Games is the largest annual multi-sport event held in New Zealand. From the 1st to the 9th of February 2020 the Games will return to Dunedin for the 15th time. The Games brings together over 5,000 people from around New ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: The Octagon - Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 0.5 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
    1.9 KM Dunedin
with special guests Ocean Alley, Mitch James, SACHI and Niko Walters. Eccles Entertainment is proud to announce that New Zealand’s ultimate summer party starters SIX60 will hit the road this summer for a whopping six-date tour. Their ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium - Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 1.9 KM from Dunedin
    0.5 KM Dunedin
Following sold out performances throughout New Zealand, The Ten Tenors are thrilled to announce they’re returning by popular demand. The charming classical cross-over group will perform a selection of the best romantic pop songs, ballads and ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Regent Theatre - Dunedin, Otago   Distance: 0.5 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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