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Dunedin Oamaru Catlins Otago Peninsula New Zealand
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Dunedin

Dunedin’s staid Scots heritage has been overlaid by the vigour of a modern day University town. Long known within New Zealand for producing great musicians, artists and fashion designers, Dunedin nurtures innovation and creativity.

Wealth generated by the Otago gold rush of 1861 was responsible for investment in the city’s early and rapid development. Evidence of this is in some of its grand old buildings, some taking on new roles as trendy cafés and retail outlets. Some former private homes are now boutique hotels and B & Bs. Highlights are some lovely churches and the renaissance-style Railway Station, from there you can take the spectacular scenic rail journey on the Taieri Gorge Railway, a 4-5 hour trip in to the rugged Otago countryside.

Bordering Dunedin harbour is the Otago Peninsula home to the Royal Albatross breeding colony at Tairoa Head with regular tours for visitors. Also located on the peninsula you can visit Penguin Place, Penguin Conservation Reserve – a breeding colony of Yellow-eyed penguins. There are gardens to explore at Glenfalloch and at Larnach Castle, plus a number of craft studios to visit, making a trip to the peninsula a diverse experience.

Oamaru (north of Dunedin)

Renowned for it's historic white stone buildings, made from the local limestone, that give Oamaru a feeling of affluence. Noteworthy buildings include banks, post office, council chambers, courthouse, and several churches. Heritage celebrations held annually in November include such things as Penny Farthing Cycle Races and stone sawing competitions

An area near the port, behind the main street (on the seaward side) is a fully intact nineteenth century business district under restoration that has been occupied by tradespeople practicing traditional crafts such as bookbinding.. Near the harbour area Blue Penguins come ashore to their nesting area at dusk and there is a viewing facility for visitors.

Catlins Coast (south of Dunedin)

The south eastern corner and coast of this region is known as "The Catlins” and contains the Catlins Forest Park, made up of 10 separate forests.

The coast of the Catlins has beautiful bays and rocky points. Some of the popular features being: Curio Bay where the petrified fallen logs and stumps of a Jurassic forest can been seen at low tide. A visit to Cathedral Caves between Chaslands and Papatowai, involves a bush and beach walk to spectacular caves, accessible at low tide. Nugget Point with it's lighthouse, seal colony and seabirds provides splendid views of the coastline, take your binoculars an allow 20 minutes return on foot.

The area is lightly populated and there is very little commercial infrastructure, accommodation and services are limited. Many of those visitors who do make it to this area are often just passing through as part of the “Southern Scenic Route” but for those with the time this beautiful area offers more opportunities than can be experienced in a few hours.

Accommodation

Catlins
Catlins Farmstay
B&B
Catlins Farmstay Bed and Breakfast is a great location for visiting the many scenic attractions of the beautiful natural Catlins area. Situated 10 minutes drive from the 160 year old fossil forest at Curio Bay where dolphins and penguins may also be seen. Your hosts are genuine kiwis farming 2800 sheep, 500 deer, and 150 cattle on a 1000 acres with the help of 3 sheep dogs.
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Dunedin
Fletcher Lodge
Deluxe B&B
Located just a few minutes walk from the hub of Dunedin city, Fletcher Lodge offers luxury accommodation in an atmosphere of restrained elegance while providing the ultimate in contemporary comfort and modern facilities.
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Dunedin
Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
Hotel
This stylish hotel has a fresh contemporary design, with clean lines and dramatic features softened by natural elements such as timber and neutral tones. At once energetic, yet restful, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is well in tune with the beat of this vibrant city.
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Dunedin
Southern Cross Dunedin Hotel
Hotel
The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross provides stylish inner city accommodation, giving the convenience of having entertainment, shopping and restaurants close at hand. Just a short walk from the Octagon, railway station, theatres and shops, it is the perfect location from which to explore Dunedin.
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Oamaru
Pen-Y-Bryn Lodge
Lodge
Pen-y-bryn Lodge is a Luxury award winning heritage boutique lodge, located in Oamaru, offering unrivalled visitor accommodation, fine dining and hospitality. Pen-y-bryn Lodge is an Historic Mansion that carries a category one Historic Places Trust classification.
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Activities

Clyde
Trail Journeys Otago Rail Trail

This cycle/biking adventure explores the historic gold mining remote picturesque landscape of the Central Otago. You will cycle on the rail trail where there are no vehicles and no real hills, making this safe and enjoyable for people of all ages and experience. This adventure is a “true” New Zealand experience. Each day you’ll be riding through heart of the Maniototo, the locals name for the area, past historic sites and quaint old towns.
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Holidays

New Zealand
22 day self drive holiday New Zealand North and South Islands

The New Zealand holiday for visitors wanting the get the very most out of their three weeks holiday in New Zealand, great scenic diversity islands, mountains, volcanic wonders, alpine passes, glaciers and fiords, stunning scenic drives. With quality time in key city and village locations, culture and adventure, food and wine. Enjoy activities and experiences to really get an appreciation of the best of New Zealand.
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