Otago region

New Zealand's deep south is a region rich in diversity. Mountains, lakes and fiords, historic goldmining towns, lush countryside and cities of impressive architecture form a unique setting.  The earliest settlers were whalers, many of whom married into the local Māori communities. In the early 1840s, the region shifted towards more of a farming focus, with settlers arriving in greater numbers. The region prospered on the basis of Central Otago gold in the 19th century, and today there still remain many fine old buildings that are a legacy of those times.

  • Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead

    Cyclists at Hayes Engineering

    Marvel at the workshop and homestead of Ernest and Hannah Hayes, 19th-century pioneers whose resourcefulness, skill and determination define the spirit of 'Kiwi ingenuity'.

  • Ophir Post Office

    Ophir Post Office

    A small but significant legacy from the Central Otago gold rushes, this handsome post office is just one gem in a town full of architectural treasures.

  • Totara Estate

    Totara Estate

    A historic farm situated in beautiful North Otago countryside, Totara Estate played a significant role in the making of New Zealand as we know it today.

  • Clarks Mill

    Clarks Mill

    An important industrial landmark in beautiful North Otago, this historic flour mill houses fascinating working machinery inside striking stone and timber buildings.

  • Matanaka

    Matanaka Farm Buildings

    A rustic and romantic sight set on a cliff high above the Pacific Ocean, Matanaka is thought to be New Zealand’s oldest surviving farm.