Coastal Otago is rich in history owed to Dunedin's long, natural harbor that attracted Maori over centuries ago. More recently whalers & gold mining migrants from Scotland & China voyaged to the area leaving the best-preserved Victorian & Edwardian architecture in the Southern Hemisphere for visitors to take in.
As well as the regions historical significance, the wonderful wildlife right on its doorstep & the natural beauty of the Waitaki district, visitors will discover a host of other reasons to enjoy their stay here. As well as the history, Dunedin has wonderful wildlife on it is doorstep, including the world's rarest penguins, a mainland albatross colony & fur seals & sea lions.
Further up the coast, North of Dunedin, visitors can find Oamaru & the Waitaki district. Here you can expect to find exceptional natural beauty, green rolling farmland, the weird Moeraki boulders & ancient marine landscapes. With additional Victorian architecture & priceless Maori artifacts, the district has a lot to offer the visitors.
The Clutha district is the gateway to the Deep South. This area provides superb fishing, rural experiences, & wildlife adventures along open impressive beaches. Main towns in the Coastal Otago region, Oamaru - famous for its historical white stone architecture. Dunedin - the main city in the Otago region.