Tohu Whenua Otago

All of us can discover, experience and enjoy the fascinating stories of Tohu Whenua Otago. Otago is home to many sites that helped shape the nation we are today.

Otago is home to many sites that helped shape the nation we are today.

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TSS Earnslaw

Lady of the Lake: a slow boat to paradise, this grand steamship from 1912 is one of New Zealand’s original tourist attractions

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The picturesque preservation of two very different goldrush communities – Chinese and European – in a town that still thrives.


Bannockburn Sluicings

Explore the spectacular landscape that remains from large-scale water blasting during the 19th century search for gold.

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Kawarau Suspension Bridge

A bridge over a canyon that in 1880 pushed design limits - a century later it became the birthplace of bungy.

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Otago Central Rail Trail

The famous Rail Trail takes you through traditional country towns and sheep-farming land farmed by families for many generations.

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Hayes Engineering Works

The workshop and homestead of Ernest Hayes, a New Zealand inventor who excelled at Number 8 wire ingenuity.

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Totara Estate

The birthplace of our billion-dollar meat export industry

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Historic Oamaru

A grand Victorian streetscape carved in distinctive local stone and built on the bounty of wool and grain.

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The Taieri Gorge Railway

Linking Central Otago with Dunedin, the Taieri Gorge Railway was responsible for bringing town and country together.

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Wealthy, civic-minded benefactors left this grand Edwardian mansion and its contents to the people of Dunedin.

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Dunedin Railway Station

An exuberant expression of New Zealand’s confidence in rail – right through to its littlest room.

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Larnach Castle

The ultimate expression of ‘my home, my castle’ where no expense was spared.