Located on New Zealand’s South Island, Otago is 32,000 square kilometre region famous for its sheltered valleys, hilly countryside and spectacular scenery. Located within Otago, the coastal city of Dunedin and the inland lakes and ski area of Queenstown are two of the most popular destinations in the region. If you’re wondering how to get to Otago from Australia, it’s easy thanks to the International Airport located in Queenstown. There are a number of direct flights to Queenstown offered by Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand daily departing Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, with connections available from other regional and capital cities taking between 3 to 10 hours, depending on where you depart from and whether or not your connection requires a stopover.
The Queenstown International Airport is located an easy 10 minute drive from the city centre along State Highway 6a. From here it’s a short drive or shuttle ride to the popular ski areas and alpine resorts of Queenstown. However if you wish to visit Dunedin, it can be easily reached from anywhere in the South Island within a day. There are a number of State Highways that offer easy access to Dunedin as well as plenty of domestic flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Of course, if getting to Otago by air or land isn’t really your style, there are also many cruises which depart Australia and visit Dunedin in Otago. Offered on a number of reputable cruise lines, these cruises include Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises and Celebrity Cruises. Departing Brisbane and Sydney, these cruises are available on board the Explorer of the Seas, Dawn Princess, Diamond Princess, Pacific Pearl and Celebrity Solstice cruise ships. The majority of cruise ships berth at Dunedin, located approximately 4 hours’ drive from Queenstown via State Highway 8 or the slightly longer route of State Highway 85.