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Some say that Dunedin is more Scottish than Scotland! Watch the “scarfies” as they scurry around the vibrant university campus and browse the bookshops in the central city Octagon.
Out on the Peninsular you will be captivated by the Royal Albatross colony. There are marvellous penguin watching opportunities too.
Inland, you could try cycling the Central Otago Rail Trail or take the stunning backcountry trip via Dansey’s Pass and Naseby. This is rugged pioneer gold mining country steeped in history with spectacular scenery to entrance you.
The elegant town of Oamaru features some of New Zealand’s best examples of 19th centurary architecture. Oamaru is also renowned for its penguin colonies and was the town in which the author Jant Frame grew up. Oamaru is almost certainly the town of "Waimaru" in her writings.
See the Moeraki Boulders and follow the Vanished World Fossil Trail.
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Prices from $115 to $140 per couple
Short drive from the town centre, golf course and bowling club
Helensborough Motor Inn offers comfortable accommodation in quiet garden settings of Balclutha. Ideal place to base yourself if you are exploring central Otago and Dunedin.
Phone: 03 418 1948
Freephone: 0800 444 778
Address: 23 Essex Street, Balclutha
Other Rural Otago
45 Dungannon Street, Ranfurly 9396
Moeraki Motel, Motor Lodge
Prices from $140 to $340 per couple
Just next to the beach.
If you are looking for accommodation with beautiful sea views in Otago region, Noah's Accommodation in Moeraki is ideal choice for you. Located just beside the beach, it offers luxury accommodation and great hospitality at an affordable price.
Phone: 03 439 4998
Address: 2 Coronation Street, Moeraki
Prices from $170 to $180 per couple
Christchurch 3.75hrs, Queenstown 2hrs, Mt Cook 1 hr, Oamaru 1.25hrs
New 5 star motel complex with 7 Luxury apartment and studio units including wheelchair accessible facilities. Peaceful, secure and quiet, BigSky Motels are located on the edge of Omarama, approximately 400 metres from main highways and the town centre. On site parking and bicycle storage.
Phone: +64 3 4389538
Mobile (and SMS): 0274895149
Address: 52 Ahuriri Drive Omarama, North Otago