Destination guide

Go forth and explore the great outdoors in Otago

Not all who wander are lost, but you'd be forgiven for wanting to lose yourself in the beauty of Otago. Sitting close to the bottom of South Island in New Zealand, it's a region overflowing with stunning scenery, a robust cultural heritage, and a whole slate of fun options for friends and families. Explore the intellectual and artsy Dunedin, a city of remarkable architecture that pays homage to its Scottish heritage. Whether you want to take the kids on scenic walks along the Otago Central Rail Trail, go snorkeling in Lake Wakatipu, or see modern sculptures in Port Chalmers, Otago vacation rentals are plentiful for a great Kiwi holiday.

Things to do

From history to high jinks, Otago's got it all

Otago's history and culture are as rich and diverse as its scenery. Choose from the Otago vacation rentals in Dunedin, the region's principal city, and spend a few hours in the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and the Otago Museum, where you can learn about the interesting history of the Maori people and notable events like the Otago Gold Rush. Both the young ones and the young-once will enjoy the National Transport and Toy Museum in Wanaka, where the exhibits range from classic Star Wars and Barbie toys to vintage British and European cars. And for a day of family-friendly fun, visit the Skyline amusement park in Queenstown.


Revel in relaxing days of wine tastings and rose garden strolls

Looking to please your palate? Then the vineyards and wineries of Central Otago are where you need to go. Most of them offer tours and tastings, providing a chance for you to enjoy the region's award-winning Chardonnay, Merlot, and Riesling wines. If you're a gardener or you simply appreciate flowers, the spectacular rose shows in Dunedin and in other cities throughout the country won't fail to delight. And for a breathtaking bird's eye view of the magnificent glaciers and seawater-flooded valleys of the Southern Alps, you can't go wrong with a guided helicopter tour.


Rain or shine, Otago's surely the place to go

A visit to Otago might let you experience some of the country's highest and lowest temperatures. Summer, from December to January, are hot and dry in Central Otago, with temperatures that can exceed 98 degrees. Winters, on the other hand, can be extremely cold, averaging about 8 degrees. New Zealand's coldest winter was recorded in the township of Ranfurly in January 1903: a bone-chilling -14.08 degrees. Rainfall is infrequent here, making it one of New Zealand's driest regions. Otago's coastal areas are mild and temperate in summer, and cool in winter.

Natural features

Heaven is a place on earth—and it's called Otago

Many scenes in the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" movies were filmed in Otago and elsewhere in New Zealand, a slice of paradise that hardly requires movie magic. The region boasts some of the most unbelievably beautiful natural attractions in the world, from the Catlins sea coast with its fur seals, whales, and dolphins, to the farmlands of North Otago and the mountain ski fields of Queenstown. Otago vacation rentals are the ideal base for viewing the wonders of Mount Aspiring National Park, the rare wildlife in the Orokoniu Ecosanctuary, and the albatross colony at Taiaroa Head Nature Reserve.

Can I find a vacation rental around Otago?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,476 vacation rentals near Otago. From 951 Houses to 301 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Otago for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Otago?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Otago. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Queenstown: 678 vacation rentals
  • Wanaka: 419 vacation rentals
  • Dunedin: 120 vacation rentals
  • Arrowtown: 469 vacation rentals
  • Queenstown Lakes District: 1,191 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Otago! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Otago?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Otago:

  • Queenstown: 678 rentals
  • Wanaka: 419 rentals
  • Dunedin: 120 rentals
  • Arrowtown: 469 rentals
  • Glenorchy: 19 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Otago?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Otago are:

  • Queenstown Airport (ZQN): 699 vacation rentals
  • Wanaka Airport (WKA): 450 vacation rentals
  • Alexandra Airport (ALR): 91 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Otago?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Otago. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame: 112 rentals
  • Queenstown Mall: 692 rentals
  • NZ Marine Studies Centre and Aquarium: 115 rentals
  • The Fletcher House: 115 rentals
  • Arrowtown Golf Course: 736 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Otago listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.