Waikouaiti was the first European settlement in Southern New Zealand; a whaling station was established here as early as 1830. Maori settlements in the area can be traced back as far as the 15th Century.
This thriving beachside community and it's neighbour Karitane (a short drive South), boast two of the most pristine and safe swimming beaches in the country and are home to established water-based activities including fishing, boating, surfing and kayaking. The rural location, sleepy streets and proximity to nature environments also makes Waikouaiti perfect for walking, biking and bird and wildlife watching.
The Waikouaiti Village is home to an excellent general store, a petrol station and a number of quirky stores. We can also boast one of the best fish and chip shops in the South Island!
Dunedin is the capital of the lower South Island of New Zealand. A city of around 120,000 residents, it is a University city with a strong Scottish heritage and boasts some of the most stunning wildlife attractions in the world. A day in Dunedin is best spent roaming the city by foot, taking in the boutique shops, excellent cafes and architectural delights. A hop-on/hop-off bus trip can take you to the attractions outside of the central city including the Otago Peninsula, Olveston, St Clair Beach or Port Chalmers.
Otago Peninsula is truly the jewel in Dunedin's crown. The rolling hills of the peninsula border the beautiful Otago Harbour on one side and tumble into the rugged Pacific Ocean on the other. It is home to wildlife such as the Royal Albatross in their only mainland breeding ground in the world, seal colonies and little blue penguins. Attractions include New Zealand's only castle – Larnach's Castle, the stunning gardens of Glenfalloch, the Portobello acquarium and the quirky harbourside townships of Macandrew Bay and Portobello.
The Orokonui Ecosanctuary is Dunedin's newest attraction, perfect for nature-lovers! This special place is home to native flora and fauna, is totally pest-free and offers a totally immersive experience in New Zealand nature. It will also soon welcome new residents, the little brown Kiwi.
Taieri Gorge/ Middlemarch
A journey to Middlemarch on the Taieri Gorge Railway is an experience not to be missed. Depart from Dunedin's stunning Railway Station and meander through the outskirts of the city and through the natural wonders of the Taieri Gorge to Middlemarch on a unique tourist train. Photographic stops and commentary provided.
Central Otago Gold Trail
Central Otago has a unique history dating back to the discovery of gold in the region in the 1860s. A stunning landscape of rivers, lakes and mountains, the region is highly regarded as the home of New Zealand adventure sports, a boutique wine-region and boasts a microclimate that ensures long, hot summers and crisp, snowy winters.
Otago Central Rail Trail
Tracing the tracks of the railway line that originally linked Dunedin to the gold-fields, the 'Rail Trail' has become one of Central Otago's most popular destinations in recent years. And with good reason! The rail trail is accessible to nearly every person from children to adults and you can complete it in full, or just the parts that suit you.