South Island - Southlands

The Otago peninsula is rich in flora and fauna with diverse wildlife, idyllic fishing villages and rolling green pastures.

Dunedin's dramatic hills surround a long, natural harbour, which attracted Maori settlers to the site over four centuries ago. More recently the area was settled by whalers, gold miners and migrants from Scotland and China. Memorable for its historical architecture, Dunedin is one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. On the doorstep of the city, you can find incredible wildlife, the world's rarest penguins, a mainland albatross colony, fur seals and sea lions.

The Catlins is the southernmost coastal route, some of which is on unsealed roads but makes for a totally absorbing journey with majestic sweeping beaches, native forests, Hooker Sea lions & Elephant seals as well as being an ornithologist's delight.

Stewart Island is New Zealand's third largest island and a truly unspoilt spot; trek one of the many tracks, spot kiwis on Ocean beach and enjoy the rich birdlife of Stewart and nearby Ulva Island.

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