Nature and Nightlife in Lower South Island

Fulfill your desire to visit Queenstown while also discovering some of Otago's other hidden gems. Drive along the coast from Dunedin to Oamaru, which is home to the spectacular Moeraki Boulders. Gliding and hot pools are available at Omarama, which is located in the lovely Waitaki Valley. After experiencing the thrills of Queenstown, travel back in time to Central Otago's gold rush settlements before returning to Dunedin for heritage architecture and eco-experiences.

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Nature and Nightlife in Lower South Island

Day 1: Dunedin to Oamaru

Dunedin is a youthful heritage city with numerous spectacular specimens of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, including Larnach Castle, New Zealand's lone castle. The Otago Peninsula, which lies close by, is a natural home for uncommon coastal animals like as penguins, albatross, seals, and sea lions. Travel north along the coast from Dunedin to Oamaru. Along the journey, stop by Moeraki to see the odd spherical boulders. Oamaru's rich history is reflected in its elegant white stone structures. Before travelling to the city's stunning public gardens, explore the Victorian area and interesting steampunk museum. Visit the harbour in the evening to watch small blue penguins waddling ashore for the night.

Moeraki Boulders
Moeraki Boulders
Moeraki Boulders Moeraki Boulders Road, Hampden, New Zealand
Larnach Castle
Larnach Castle
Larnach Castle Camp Road, Larnachs Castle, Dunedin, New Zealand

Day 2: Oamaru to Omarama

As you drive up the Waitaki Valley, you will be guided by the Waitaki River and the lovely Waitaki, Aviemore, and Benmore Lakes. Several attractive towns along the road, such as Duntroon, Kurow, and Otematata, provide opportunities to stretch your legs and explore – perhaps even take a jetboat ride. Omarama is known for its colossal merino sheep monument. Since 1858, merino sheep have been raised on this property. Gliding aficionados flock to the region because of its distinctive geography. The famed Northwest Arch, which can take glider pilots to 10,000 meters, is located in Omarama. Spend the evening lounging in a hot tub while admiring the gorgeous night sky.

Omarama
Omarama
Omarama, New Zealand

Day 3: Omarama to Queenstown

Queenstown is awe-inspiring, with endless mountain ranges, glistening lakes, and crisp alpine air. Whether you seek adventure or prefer to sample exquisite wine and cuisine, the region offers the ideal balance of activity and leisure. Spend the day biking, kayaking, horseback riding, going on a 4WD safari, or strolling along one of the many hiking paths to take in the breathtaking surroundings. Jet boating, bungy jumping, and rafting are all options for thrill seekers. In the evening, take advantage of Queenstown's exciting nightlife, which includes a wide range of pubs, clubs, and restaurants serving delectable gourmet cuisine and superb wine.

Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu, Otago, New Zealand

Day 4: Queenstown to Dunedin

Travel from Queenstown to Central Otago through the Gibbston Valley. Miners from all over the world flocked to this country in the late 1860s, during the height of the Otago gold rush. Many of the towns still have interesting relics from their gold-mining heritage. Central Otago is also a major wine-producing region, with local vineyards offering tasting rooms and restaurants, thanks to its biting cold winters and hot, dry summers. If you prefer fresh fish, the Clutha River is open for trout and salmon fishing all year, or you may take a history cruise down the river instead. Continue down the valley towards the coast and Dunedin, where your tour will end.

Central Otago
Central Otago
Central Otago, New Zealand

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