Otago Holidays & Travel Guide

Located on the South Island of New Zealand, Otago is a 32,000 sq km region renowned for its hilly countryside, sheltered valleys and spectacular scenery. Otago holidays are famous for the coastal city of Dunedin and the iconic ski area of Queenstown. This Otago travel guide is designed to familiarise you with this sprawling region's most popular cities and attractions, including the Southern Hemisphere's greatest four season alpine and lake resort, Queenstown. Set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, the magnificent Remarkables Range overlooks this famous adventure and leisure playground.

Popular Otago Regions



Situated on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is the greatest four season lake and alpine resort in the Southern Hemisphere.



The South Island's second largest city, Dunedin is situated on the harbour and is the gateway to incredible natura attraction and wildlife including penguins and albatross.



Located at the southern end of Lake Wanaka, Wanaka is a popular ski and summer resort town considered the first lifestyle reserve in the world.



The largest town in North Otago, Oamaru is famous for its 19th century architecture and little blue and yellow-eyed penguins.


Otago accommodation offers the perfect base for the perfect New Zealand holiday. With options spread out across the region from the town of Oamaru and the city centre of Dunedin as well as the alpine ski resorts of Queenstown. Ranging from 3 and a half stars to 5 stars, Otago accommodation offers everything from modern resorts to garden lodges, historic hotels, contemporary city centre hotels, major hotel chains, boutique properties, self-catering apartments and more. Some of Otago's most popular accommodation can be found in Queenstown as well as Arrowtown, by Lake Wakatipu and the ski fields of Coronet Peak.

Otago Holiday Packages

Otago holidays offer as much adventure or relaxation as you like and the wide range of holiday packages are designed to offer something to suit all budgets and travellers. All the essentials like flights and accommodation are combined in Otago holiday packages along with optional extras such as tours, car hire, transfers, travel insurance and more. Choose from the fantastic range of existing packages or customise one to suit your own individual needs.

Things To Do

Otago is home to a wide range of attractions, most notably the alpine resorts and ski fields of Queenstown. However Queenstown also offers a smorgasbord of adventure activities including white water rafting, jet boating, parapenting and bungy jumping - in fact it's the world's bungy jumping capital! Another popular Otago attraction is the city of Dunedin, close to an amazing range of nature and wildlife including rare sea lions and penguins as well as the only Royal albatross mainland breeding colony in the world. Dunedin is also home to the grand homes of Larnach and Glenfalloch. Just minutes from the city, these stately residences feature a castle with battlements, 12 hectares of woodlands and gardens, and exquisite ballrooms and carved ceilings. Discover the top 10 things to do in Otago.

Getting To Otago

The Queenstown International Airport is the main gateway for overseas visitors to Otago. Getting to Otago from the airport is easy, with a 10 minute drive along State Highway 6a delivering you to the city centre of Christchurch. From here it's an easy drive or shuttle ride to the popular ski areas surrounding Queenstown. Getting to Dunedin can be done in a day with a number of State Highways offering easy access from Queenstown, with plenty of beautiful scenery along the way. More about How to Get to Otago