Well known for its wide choice of great fishing locations, the Waitaki District also offers plenty of great walks with panoramic views of the braided Waitaki River, plus local lakes, cliffs and spectacular coastal points. Visit Moeraki's ancient rounded boulders, explore the regions penguin colonies and old quarter of historic Oamaru, ski at the intimate Awakino Club Skifield, spot seals at Shag Point, and soak up the region's past on the Goldfields Heritage Trail.
Few cities in the world boast such a diverse range of wildlife within their city limits. Here you can watch seal pups frolic in rock pools, sea lions lazing on rocks, yellow-eyed penguins on their nest sites, and visit the only accessible mainland colony of Northern Royal Albatross. Dunedin's long legacy of gold-mining and whaling has gifted the city with a wealth of historical sites and intriguing architecture. It is home to New Zealand's only castle, the world's steepest street, several acclaimed boutique and designer clothes stores, Speights Brewery and the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.
Coastal Otago's lush farmland and pretty coastline offers a variety of entertaining activities and interesting sights. Experience fabulous southern hospitality on a farm stay, enjoy the peaceful solitude of pristine but deserted white-sand beaches, or try your hand at panning for gold, bird watching, kayaking, hunting, or trout and salmon fishing.
THE BEST OF OAMARU + WAITAKI AND DUNEDIN + COASTAL OTAGO
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