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Otago

The white stone city

The region is typified with classical architecture.

Situated in the South of new Zealand between Canterbury and Southland, with the Southern Alps to the West, Otago is a diverse region with almost every activity imaginable. The climate is from sub zero in winter to + 30 c in summer, there are dense forests, vast grasslands and gold mining continues.

The region can be divided into:

Dunedin, and the outer suburbs of: Port Chalmers, the main regional port where cruise liners frequently call and Mosgiel. North Otago with the towns of: Palmerston, Omarama, Oamaru. Alma, Maheno, Kakanui, Herbert (also known as Otepopo), Waianakarua, Hampden, Moeraki, Weston, Ardgowan, Windsor, Five Forks, Peebles, Papakaio,

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Dunedin

A vibrant small city

Visitors checking out Baldwin Street, reputedly the worlds steepest street.

Founded primarily by settlers from Scotland in 1848 by the Lay Association of the Free Church of Scotland. The town’s name comes from Dun Eideann, the Gaelic name for Edinburgh, the Scottish capital. As such its common to hear the sounds of the bagpipes which feature in most city parades.

Dunedin is a university city situated by the sea where the University of Otago, (the oldest university in New Zealand), was founded in Dunedin in 1869.

Activities and attractions include: Visiting the Dunedin Botanical Gardens is to the north of the city which are renowned for the rhododendron displays in early spring.

For some early

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Queenstown

New Zealand’s Winter Playground

The Shotover Jet. Get quick thrill racing through the river gorges in these powerful boats with drivers who love to show off.

Queenstown could be called the ‘Aspen’ of New Zealand. This international resort town in Otago in the south-west of the South Island is built on the shore of Lake Wakatipu (an old glacial lake) and has spectacular views of nearby mountains.

This is a major centre for snow sports and people flock from all over the the world to ski at the four main skifields: Cardrona, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone. Cross country and heli-skiing is also available.

Queenstown has so much for so many it often gets to the point

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Christchurch - Dunedin

Allow 5 – 6 hours. 364 km via SH 1

Highway near Dunedin

There are several routes out of Christchurch, from the central city and it’s usually more convenient to head on to the southern motorway or Blenheim Road which follow out onto State Highway one heading south.

If you’re in the north or west of the city, it is usually more convenient to head for the airport and the city bypass route which joins State Highway one at Hornby.

The traffic is often bumper-to-bumper any time of day, but after Templeton one can usually pick up a little speed and there are even a couple of passing bays before Rolleston. This is one of Christchurch’s newer satellite towns.

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Christchurch to Dunedin

A personal journey – 2009

Picnic at Tinwald

My wife and I left Christchurch around 9.30am in a tolerant unhurried mood negotiating the city traffic. Departing from the city north, we drove out toward the airport onto the city circuit. Approaching Hornby the traffic became slower so we turned down Waterloo Rd to avoid the congested Hornby junction.

This took us to Templeton where state highway one traffic was thick and fast. There was also a queue to turn right to head south, so a quick left turn and a right into the next street where we turned had us heading south leaving the queued cars we had just bypassed still waiting.

Aside from the heavy traffic, the dive

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Cheap Kiwi Holidays

Cheap Holidays in New Zealand

Highway 6, Central Otago

You may be thinking twice about making travel plans altogether in the face of the current economic downturn and global uncertainty, yet if you are determined not to let political and financial affairs interfere with your personal life, you’ll find that there are plenty of ways to save money on travel.

It may require a bit of legwork and you might have to get your thinking cap on and start being more creative with the travel resources available to you, but if you are determined to hit New Zealand, there‚Äôs really no reason why you shouldn’t.

Air fares and long haul travel costs are likely to be your biggest expense

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