Otago's main city, Dunedin, was also once New Zealand's largest.
The influence of its Scottish founders can be seen in its distinctive gothic revival architecture and in street and suburb names - which are shared with those in Edinburgh, on the other side of the world; in fact Dunedin was the old name for Edinburgh.
It's a creative city, thanks in part to the University of Otago, which is the country's oldest, and gives the city a youthful buzz. The Octagon, the city's central plaza, includes the impressive St Paul's Cathedral and Dunedin Public Art Gallery, which houses a collection of art spanning the centuries by local and international artists.
Outside the city you'll find a beautiful and varied coastline with good surf and swimming beaches, as well as swathes of open countryside.
Top itineraries in Dunedin
From the subtropical beaches of the Bay of Islands, the geothermal pools of Rotorua and wine lands of Hawke's Bay to the majestic glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef and the towering peaks of the Southern Alps, New Zealand is home to some of the world's most spectacular driving routes.
Beginning in Auckland in the North Island, this 14-day escorted tour from leading tour operator APT winds its way through the length and breadth of New Zealand, taking in the country's star attractions along the way.
Discover the best New Zealand has to offer on this comprehensive and popular 20-day fully-guided tour with APT Touring.
Top places to stay in Dunedin
Located just a few minutes walk from the hub of the city, Fletcher Lodge offers luxury accommodation in an atmosphere of restrained elegance while providing the ultimate in contemporary comfort and modern facilities. Six beautifully appointed rooms are offered, each reflecting Dunedins wealth and h…
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