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    Been to Otago? You can add photos, facts, attractions, places to eat and tips by visiting the destination pages of towns you have visited in Otago.

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    Body Sanctum Day Spa

    The perfect way to unwind after a skiing holiday. Talented, charming therapists and a calm and soothing decor.

    Otago Museum and Butterfly House

    Otago Museum is a great place to visit. It has he usual interesting Museum stuff, as well as a Tropical Butterfly House and Discovery World. You can be there for the daily release of new butterflies, which is not as dramatic as it might sound but is quite interesting and fun. The Butterfly House itself is quite lovely, and very warm! Discovery world is full of great interactive science displays, and the occasional demonstration. On the day we were there they demonstrated the difference between the explosiveness of Helium and Hydrogen. Very exciting! The fibreglass crocodile is a big hit too. There is a café downstairs. They standardly serve single shot coffees which can catch you out! There is a play area beside the café which is pretty handy. The gift shop is full of lovely things. My favourite is the Animal Attic.

    Jo B

    The Royal Albatross Centre

    Located on Taiaroa Head at the tip of the Otago Peninsula, about 45 minutes' drive from the centre of Dunedin, the Royal Albatross Centre is a place where you can see the only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross in the world. From the centre's unique viewing platform you get to see these majestic birds swoop into land. You can also take a guided tour for a slightly closer look at the albatrosses, or little blue penguins or the historic Fort Taiaroa. There is also a cafe, gift shop and interactive learning centre.

    Amy Turner

    Places To Eat

    The Good Earth Cafe

    Conveniently located in a charming historic building away from the main part of town, but right across from Otago University and close to the museum and botanical gardens. The Good Earth Cafe serve well presented, innovative and tasty food, and as their name implies, there is an emphasis on wholesome and organic, with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Their coffee is also locally roasted and fair trade.

    Jizo Japanese Cafe and Bar

    Delicious Japanese food in cosy surroundings. Very handy to the centre of town (the Octagon) and all the bars, theatres and movie complexes. If you are a rugby fan you might also spot some of your favourite local players eating there.

    Jo B

    Bacchus Wine Bar and Restaurant is the longest running restaurant in Dunedin and is located in one of the city's oldest buildings. It is arguably the premiere fine dining establishment in Dunedin, and certainly recognized as one of the top restaurants in New Zealand. The cuisine is contemporary and creative, yet grounded in tradition. The menu is small (i.e 1 style of chicken, fish, beef, pork, lamb or vegetarian main), but everyone is superb. Being a wine bar as well, the selection in that department is of course excellent, with a very patriotic bias.

    Amy Turner

    Hidden away in a cottage on the waterfront, is this unpretentiously opulent gem offering a truly amazing dining experience. Not cheap and not at all recommended for children or vegetarians, but otherwise somewhere to celebrate something special, or simply because you want to treat yourself to fresh bluff oysters with a glass of perfectly matched local Sauvignon Blanc.

    Amy Turner

    Facts about Otago

    A town for tourists

    Queenstown is internationally recognised as a top tourism destination and around 2 million tourists a year come here. Although it is a year-round destination, visitor numbers peak during the ski season (approx. June-Nov), when tourists can outnumber locals three to one!

    Amy Turner

    A Student Town

    Dunedin is home to New Zealand's oldest university - Otago, and tertiary education is the cities largest industry. So students (locally referred to as 'scarfies') make up a large part of the population, with over 20% of Dunedin aged between 15 and 24.

    Amy Turner


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