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Otago Peninsula, New Zealand

Dunedin & Otago

Kiwi culture with a Scottish twist

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The south-eastern corner of New Zealand's South Island is perhaps the least explored part of the country. Its largest settlement is Dunedin, an attractive and welcoming place with strong Scottish roots. The nearby Otago Peninsula is home to rare marine species and seabirds, some of which are found in greater numbers here than anywhere else in the world.


Otago's main city was once New Zealand's largest. And, the influence of its Scottish founders can be seen in its Gothic-revival architecture and the names of its streets and suburbs. In fact, Dunedin itself wad the old name for Edinburgh. Today, you'll find a city full of creativity, thanks in part to the University of Otago – New Zealand's oldest – whose students create a youthful buzz. The city's central plaza, the Octagon, is home to the impressive St Paul's Cathedral and Dunedin Public Art Gallery, which houses centuries-spanning collections from local and international artists alike. And, just a short hop from the city, you'll find a beautiful and varied coastline with good surf and swimming beaches as well as swathes of open countryside.

The Octagon, Dunedin

The Otago Peninsula

This hilly peninsula to the east of Dunedin is one of New Zealand's most impressive wildlife hotspots. Species here include the little penguin, hooker sea lions, elephant and fur seals and the endangered, and the wonderfully named, hoiho. The real stars however are the royal albatrosses, which can be spotted soaring above Taiaroa Head. These magnificent birds, with a wingspan of between two and three metres, usually breed on offshore islands, making the Otago Peninsula the only mainland albatross breeding colony in the world.    

The Otago Peninsula


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Rotorua, New Zealand

Cultural Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,955 pp incl. flights


Free car hire

Free car hire offer – Save up to £410pp
Book by: 31 January 2020

A tip-to-toe tour of New Zealand, taking in the best of its landscapes and culture, and calling into filming locations from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Wilderness Highlights of New Zealand

23-day tailor-made self-drive from £5,920 pp incl. flights


Free car hire

Free car hire offer – Save up to £475pp
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Discover the spectacular landscapes of New Zealand's north and south islands on this fly-drive holiday, which includes a journey across the Southern Alps aboard the iconic TranzAlpine Express.

Mountain picnic, Queenstown, New Zealand

Culinary Highlights of New Zealand

25-day tailor-made self-drive from £6,735 pp incl. flights


Free car hire

Free car hire offer – Save up to £405pp
Book by: 31 January 2020

With a focus on food and wine, this luxury fly-drive covers many of New Zealand's highlights, taking in the everything from the rolling vineyards of Hawke's Bay to the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps.

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,495 pp incl. flights


Free car hire

Flight & free car hire offer – Save up to £475pp
Book by: 31 January 2020

With boutique hotel stays and car hire included throughout, this curated road trip perfectly showcases the unique cultures and natural wonders of New Zealand's North and South islands.

Maui Ultima Elite

New Zealand by Motorhome

20-day motorhome self-drive from £2,965 pp incl. flights

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.

Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

New Zealand Highlighter

14-day escorted tour & rail journey from £5,305 pp incl. flights

Beginning in Auckland in the North Island, this 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.

Self Drive, Mt Cook, New Zealand

New Zealand Wonderland

21-day escorted tour from £6,145 pp incl. flights

Discover the best New Zealand has to offer on this comprehensive and popular and fully-guided tour with APT Touring.

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Top places to stay in Dunedin & Otago

Main Lodge, Matakauri Lodge

Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown

Small & intimate lodge

Located just seven minutes from the lively centre of Queenstown, Matakauri Lodge sits on the shores of stunning Lake Wakatipu. With breathtaking views over the jagged peaks of the Remarkables mountain range, this lodge is a world away from the hustle and bustle of New Zealand's adventure capital.

The Birches exterior, New Zealand

The Birches, Dunedin

Small & intimate b&b

Your hosts Avril and Karl welcome you to their delightful property where original charm and hearty breakfasts ensure comfortable stays.

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