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Welcome to Dunedin - Edinburgh of the South

Dunedin, is the second largest city in the South Island and yet is a world away from any traffic jam. This thriving city – the oldest in New Zealand - offers all you would expect from any city in the world, perhaps even more. It is renowned for its proximity to incredible wildlife, vibrant cafes, restaurants and shops as well as high quality cultural experiences. The largest industry in Dunedin is tertiary education, with students of Otago University and Otago Polytechnic making up almost 20% of the population of Dunedin. These students add to the diversity and vibrancy of the city especially after dark. Dunedin is rich in wealthy Victorian architecture and history. The railway station building is regarded as one of the most important, architecturally, in the world and Dunedin itself is often regarded to be one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. A city tour ending at The Otago Settlers Museum will uncover fascinating tales of those who settled in Dunedin. From the early Maori, Scottish pioneers and Chinese gold miners the tales allow you to immerse yourself in history of this city. Once you have enjoyed everything on offer in the city you will discover that Dunedin is also a gateway. The Otago Peninsula only a brief drive from the city centre, is home to a colony of the world’s rarest penguins, the only mainland breeding colony of the royal albatross, rare New Zealand sea lions and the magnificent authentic Larnach Castle (the grand home of an early politician). From the historic railway station Dunedin is also a gateway to climb aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway to Central Otago or let the road take you south to discover the Southern Scenic Route and the wild Catlins seemingly untainted by the modern world. Regardless of where you stay or what you do in the southern city the lasting impression for most visitors to Dunedin is what can only be described as good old fashioned southern hospitality. If the character of a place is determined by the character of the people that live there, Dunedin has more to offer than most.

The Orokonui Story

What began as a mere dream to restore an entire forest ecosystem to its pre-human state, is now a reality. In less than 10 years, the Orokonui Ecosanctuary has become the only place on mainland South Island of New Zealand where native birds, animals and insects can live a life safe from predators. They are free to fly, feed, mate and nest wherever they wish, exactly as they would in the wild. Since the $2.2 million, 8.7km pest-proof fence was erected around our 307 hectares of protected habitat in 2007, pests have been almost entirely eradicated. This has allowed us to reintroduce a number of endangered species and there are encouraging signs they are adapting well to their new home. In fact, it is becoming increasingly common for native birds to find their own way to the ecosanctuary and take up residence. To support the Ecosanctuary, a million dollar eco-friendly visitor and Otago Daily Times education centre has been built into the hillside above Blueskin Bay. Here, visitors can learn about the Ecosanctuary and the native species it contains, take a guided tour through the Ecosanctuary, purchase gifts and educational material from the souvenir shop, or simply have a coffee and enjoy the view. All of the funds generated from visitors contribute to the ongoing conservation work at Orokonui Ecosanctuary. Orokonui Ecosanctuary is open to visitors from 9.30am to 4.30pm daily except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Entry into our Visitor and Education Centre and Pa Harakeke is free of charge. We offer guided tours twice daily, at 11am and 1.30pm. However, group sizes are kept small so bookings are recommended. Our walking tracks are open for self-guided walkers allowing our visitors to explore at their own pace.

New Zealand? Dunedin i-SITE

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Alexandra i-SITE 21 Centennial Avenue Alexandra Phone (03) 262 7999

Clutha i-SITE 4 Clyde Street Balclutha Phone (03) 418 0388

Cromwell i-SITE Dunedin i-SITE Dunedin 2 The Mall 26 Princes Phone (03)Street 474 3300 Cromwell Dunedin Phone (03) 262 7999 Phone (03) 474 3300

Fiordland i-SITE 19 Town Centre Te Anau Phone (03) 249 8900

Invercargill i-SITE Wachner Place 10 Dee Street Invercargill Phone (03) 211 0895

Lake Wanaka i-SITE 103 Ardmore Street Wanaka Phone (03) 443 1233

Oamaru i-SITE 1 Thames Street Oamaru Phone (03) 434 1656

Ranfurly i-SITE 3 Charlemont Street East Ranfurly Phone (03) 262 7999

Queenstown i-SITE Clocktower Building, Corner Camp & Shotover Streets, Queenstown Phone (03) 442 4100

Roxburgh i-SITE 120 Scotland Street Roxburgh Phone (03) 262 7999

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Victorian Heritage Celebrations Programmeof ofEvents events Programme

for full programme details visit For full programmeand and details visit Thursday Friday Saturday

5pm-6pm Grand Opening Oamaru Opera House Free 7:30pm-8:15pm Free Wheeling Women’s Cycle Club Musical Evening Early Settlers Hall $10 8:30pm-11:30pm Gentlemans Relish Loan and Merc $25

8am-10:30am Breakfast with Victoria and the Victorians Brydone Hotel $30 9:30am-11am Ball Practice Scottish Hall Gold Coin Donation 10am-2pm Elevenes with Mrs B Early Settlers Hall Charge for food 10am-12pm Cafe Promenade Thames St 12:30pm-1pm Great Photo Opportunity Oamaru Opera House Free

1pm-2pm Forrester and Lemon Lecture Inkbox Theater Free

1pm-2pm Where we went & the adventures we had. Oamaru Library Free

12pm Whitestone Contracting Parade Lower Wansbeck St - Thames St Free

8pm Queen Victoria’s Birthday Ball Scottish Hall $70

10am-4pm Network Wiataki Victorian Fete Oamaru Civic Trust Fundraiser Harbour and Tyne St Under 18 FREE. Adults $10

1pm 25th Heritage Bicycle 10:00am-3:30pm Carriage Rides in the Gardens Championship Tyne St Please book to avoid diappoinment, 0273713666 Free Modest Fee 3pm-4pm Historical Fashion Show 2:30pm-3:30pm Crombie and Price Victorian Gold Coin Donation Garden Party 6pm-7:30pm Oamaru Public Gardens Uncle George and Dinner Free The Last Post $40 7pm-9:45 Oamaru Steam and Rail Evening Penguin Colony Trip 8pm-12am Harbourside Railway Station A Ceilidh at The Scottish Hall Scottish Hall Train and Penguin Colony $40 Adults $45Children $20


The gorgeous gowns, steam engines and penny farthings will be out on display for the annual Oamaru Victorian Heritage Celebrations this November. Come and join the multiple activities to learn more about Victorian colonial New Zealand. This year’s theme of ‘Wheels’ gives opportunities to learn about the history of the bicycle, motor vehicles, farm machinery and much more. Always a highlight of the Celebrations, the Heritage Bicycle Championships are celebrating 25 years of sprints, slaloms, relays, slow races, and the ghastly Tyne Street Grunter. Great competition for both participants and spectators alike. Seperate displays of machinery, carriages and steel bikes will be set up with knowledgeable volunteers there to help with any questions. These are either free or gold coin donation and a great opportunity to learn more about the history of wheels. On Thursday the Steam and Rail Society are opening up their workshop for rail enthusiasts to see to keep the engines running around the harbour. Gentleman’s Relish, a fun evening of circus and burlesque in a vaudeville style show, is on Thursday evening. Performers from across New Zealand are to entertain; including the ever popular, New Zealand’s only Victorian Magician- Uncle George who will also be performing at the Grand Opening and Dinner with Uncle George at the Last Post. Many more events are running throughout the week, including the annual Crombie and Price Garden Party, Victorian Ball and Whitestone Contracting Grand Parade. Full details on all of the events and purchasing tickets is available in the brochure from the Oamaru i-Site or online at

True Lies – Cameron Collection

Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin, Otago Thursday 7 November 2019 7:00pm – 9:30pm Child: $10.00 Adult: $15.00 November’s Cameron Collection film is comedy-thriller, True Lies. Secretly a spy, but thought by his family to be a dull salesman, Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is tracking down nuclear missiles in the possession of Islamic jihadist Salim Abu Aziz. Back at home, his neglected wife, Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis), is thinking about having an affair with a used-car salesman who claims he’s a spy. When Aziz kidnaps Harry and Helen, the secret agent must save the world and patch up his marriage at the same time.

Dee’s Downstairs Comedy Dee’s Cafe & Bar, 403 Princes Street, Dunedin, Otago Friday 8 November 2019 7:30pm – 9:30pm Door Sales: $5.00 Walk on down Dunedin’s most delightful, creaky little staircase at Dee’s Café and Venue for some laughs! The second Friday of every month Hello Pecia Productions brings you a line up of open mic comedians from all over! With a Pro MC to tie the night all together! Show starts 7:30pm. If you feel like dinner, beer AND a show...for a measly $20 you can get... the show, a burger, fries and a beer!

Sticky Filth The Captain Cook Tavern, 354 Great King St, Dunedin, Otago Saturday 9 November 2019 8:00pm Formed in 1985 in their home town New Plymouth Sticky Filth have stood the test of time and have become an iconic part of the NZ musical landscape. It’s been 20 years since they last played the South Island. With local support from Conniption.

Variety Concert Dunedin Town Hall, Moray Place, Dunedin, Otago Sunday 10 November 2019 2:00pm – 4:30pm Thrill to the music of Dunedin’s iconic RSA Choir as it marks the end of its year with a Sunday afternoon variety concert in the Dunedin Town Hall. From Welsh anthems to Perry Como classics the Choir’s full range of power and precision will be there to enjoy. Adding to the variety will be exciting young guest singers James Adams and Lillian Gibbs and the wonderful skills of teenage pianist Abhinath Berry.

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Regent Theatre, 17 The Octagon, Dunedin, Otago Saturday 16 November 2019 7:00pm – 8:00pm Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons By Sam Steiner Directed by Alex Wilson 1 hr 20 min approx, no interval The average person will speak 123,205,750 words in a lifetime. But what if there were a limit? Olivera and Bernadette are about to find out. It’s about what we say and how we say it; about the things we can only hear in the silence; about dead cats, activism, eye contact and lemons, lemons, lemons, lemons, lemons. A break out hit at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Arcade is proud to restage this show that asks us to contemplate, in a world where there are a multitude of ways we can communicate, which words are the ones that mean the most.

Human Confusion, Robots In Love and Fray Play Inch Inch Bar, 8 Bank Street, Dunedin, Otago Saturday 16 November 2019 8:00pm – 11:00pm Human Confusion’s Elenor Rayner and Miriam Leslie bring between them, a vast array of gorgeous sounds with their three different projects; Fray - Miriam Leslie, Human Confusion, and Robots In Love to the Inch Bar on Saturday the 16th of November.

Paint and Wine Night - The Great Wave - Paintvine Ombrellitos, 8 Stafford St, Dunedin, Otago Tuesday 19 November 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm General Admission: $45.00 Buy Tickets – 0226473990 The concept is simple - take a brush in one hand, a drink in the other and let’s paint a masterpiece! Join us for a creative night of drinking and painting in Dunedin! No previous painting experience necessary! Get your creative juices flowing and your brush strokes going! The need to know: Time: 7pm to 8:30/9pm (Arrive for 6:45pm, painting starts at 7pm) Drinks: Your first drink is included in your ticket price Food: Want to enjoy dinner too? Ombrellito’s dinner menu will be available throughout the event

Stage & Screen - Theatre Restaurant

Musical Theatre Dunedin, 1 Sullivan Avenue, South Dunedin, Dunedin, Otago Thursday 21 November 2019 7:00pm – 10:15pm Full Show - No meal (Weds 27th Nov only): $50.00 Full Show & 3-course meal: $76.00 Buy Tickets – 03-454 4721 Stage & Screen is a fast-paced ‘song and dance’ Theatre Restaurant in 3 acts. The show contains an entertaining mix of popular songs, based around Broadway and West End musicals that were inspired by the worlds of film, books, and music.

Guy Williams “Some Places” Tour 2019 Dunedin New Athenaeum Theatre, 23 The Octagon, Dunedin, Otago Friday 22 November 2019 7:00pm – 8:00pm Pay what you can: $44.00 ($40.00 + $4.00 fees) Pay what you can: $33.75 ($30.00 + $3.75 fees) Guy Williams “Some places in the central North Island and most of the South Island” Tour 2019 Billy T Award-Winning Comedian Guy Williams is Back! Some of you might not have even noticed that he was gone, or even realised that he was here in the first place, that doesn’t matter… he’s back!

Otago Southland Tourist Times, November 2019 — Page 5

WHAT’S ON IN NOVEMBER MARKETS Every Saturday OTAGO FARMERS SATURDAY MARKET Saturday Mornings 8am - 12.30pm at Dunedin Railway Station – Off Anzac Ave. Every Saturday morning rain or shine, the Dunedin Railway Station north carpark is transformed into a bustling market place, with thousands of people enjoying the best that Otago has to offer.

Blueskin Community Market

Gallery on Blueskin, 1 Harvey St, Waitati, Blueskin Bay, Dunedin 1st Sunday of every month 11:00am–1:00pm Blueskin Community Market is held in and around the Art Gallery in Waitati, 15 minutes drive north from Dunedin city. It hosts many stalls including organic produce, crafts, clothing, jams and pickles, carboot, coffee, Indian food, and honey. Waitati is a great destination for a day trip - shopping and lunch at the market followed by a visit to the art gallery (which is always open during market days), Blueskin Nurseries and a walk on Doctors Point beach. Hire en electric bike from the gallery to explore the village, or cycle up to the ecosanctuary. Check out the new designer clothing shop recently moved across from the market. More details for Blueskin Community Market can be found on facebook.

Dunedin Octagon Market The Dunedin Octagon Market is situated in the hub of Dunedin City and operates from 9:30am till 3:30pm every day a cruise ship is visiting (October through till April). Weather permitting. Your one stop shop for unique handcrafted gifts. Each and every stall holder is focused on providing a high-quality service and customer satisfaction. New Zealand made products. New Zealand Photography - Glass Coasters - Metal Prints - Magnets - Bone Carving - Stone Carving - Gemstone Jewellery - Pottery - Bags - Cards - Soaps & Body creams - Swarovski Crystals - Paua Jewellery - Needlework - Quilting - Woodware - Home Decor - Bears and more - Manuka Products - Paintings Decoupage - Mosaics - Possum & Merino Knitware - Hats - Lavender Products - Cushions

The Extravaganza Fair

Port Chalmers Community, 70 George Street, Dunedin On the third Sunday of every month 10:10am – 3:00pm The Pink - lilac cycloptic octopus wants you in Lawnsville, Port Chalmers this SundayIt is opposite the Four Square Supermarket and below the highly esteemed. Print maker’s Studio of Manu Berry. In fact every third Sunday of the month is Market day. Stalls with everything organic produce, local food, books, weaving etc. Free to public but stalls have a small hire.

Larnach Castle, 145 Camp Rd, Company Bay, Dunedin, Otago Friday 29 November 2019 7:30pm – 12:30am Individual Ticket: $100.00 Buy Tickets – (03) 476 1616 The perfect end of year work or club function! Gather your friends or work colleagues and celebrate the Christmas season at Larnach Castle’s Mistletoe Madness.

An easy 5 minutes from the Octagon 200 Rattray Street, Dunedin, 9016

St Andrews Day

The Feelers & Stellar* - All The Hits Summer Tour

Port Chalmers Community Market


Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Garden, Dunedin, Otago Saturday 23 November 2019 2:00pm – 3:30pm Admission: Free Come along and support these awesome musicians. Music for all ages and all genres. 2pm – 3.30pm Melissa and the Dr - Melissa is without a doubt one of the finest singers of country music in NZ, and the Dr has this music in his pedigree – a Southwest desert wind blows through every strummed chord or keening harmony.

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Garden, Dunedin, Otago Friday 29 November 2019 11:00am and 1:30pm Dugald Robert Mackay will be onsite to mark St Andrews Day complete with bagpipes to bring life to Dunedin’s Scottish heritage as he pipes his way through our galleries.

The Oval, Princes St, Dunedin, Otago Saturday 26 October 2019 – Monday 28 October 2019 9:00am – 5:00pm Roll up. Roll up. Roll up!!! Welcome to Season 5 of New Zealand’s largest and newest travelling event! The Extravaganza Fair! The Extravaganza Fair is a family affair, it is a free entry, fun day out with something for everyone.We’re bringing to NZ a unique style of interesting market stalls, arts and craft, food, musical entertainment, circus shows, performers, unique to NZ tiny homes, including open home and kids shows & games. We’re bringing back the ‘old school’, join in our sack races, tug of wars & musical bean bags & be in to win prizes!Check out our solar powered stage & tiny homes - including an open home - as seen in Jan/ Feb 2018 Life & Leisure Magazine.


Music Saturdays

Mistletoe Madness at Larnach Castle

SPEIGHT’S BREWERY TOUR History never tasted so good. See over 141 years of brewing history as our guides take you through our interactive brewery tour.

Union Hall, University of Otago, 640 Cumberland St, Dunedin, Otago Friday 29 November 2019 7:30pm – 11:30pm General Admission: $63.99 ($59.50 + $4.49 fees) 0800 BUY TIX (289 8490 The Rock are proud to Present; The Feelers & Stellar* All The Hits, Summer Tour Pioneers of the kiwi music industry THE FEELERS are thrilled to announce a comprehensive NZ tour this summer; joined at select locations by iconic NZ band STELLAR* who celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album MIX.

Oamaru Christmas at the Races

Oamaru Racecourse, Pukeuru Oamaru Rd, Oamaru, North Otago Saturday 30 November 2019 10:00am Celebrate the year and celebrate the season with Christmas at the Races! Treat yourself to an action-packed day of entertainment including fantastic food and drink, live music and thrilling racing action. From a low-key picnic on the lawn to a festive themed and fully catered marquee of your own, our friendly team will make planning your perfect Christmas function a breeze.

Hansel & Gretel Regent Theatre, 17 The Octagon, Dunedin, Otago Saturday 30 November 2019 7:30pM Faint starlight peeps through the dark forest canopy. It is midnight: the witching hour. Alone and lost, two hungry children stumble towards a glowing vision of warmth and comfort, heaven for any child with an empty belly and an aching heart. But all is not as it seems…



Found next to the iconic brewery is the original Speight’s Ale House, which opened in 1999. Experience the generous hospitality and delicious food, perfectly matched with fresh Speight’s on tap.

+64 3 477 7697

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BOOK NOW: WWW.SPEIGHTS.CO.NZ/BREWERY-TOUR *Speight’s Brewery Tour has limited wheelchair accessibility.


Th ist le Cafe

23 The Octagon,Dunedin ph: (03) 479 0785 Open seven days 7.30am - 10.00pm

Harvest Cafe

Tremendous range of sandwiches, cakes, tarts and cheesecakes. Deli style meals. All homemade. Great coffees and teas, including herbal.   Located near McDonalds on 218 George Street (in Harvest Court Mall). Ph (03) 477 5700.

Open 11am- 11pm daily 118 High Street, Dunedin

cafe harvest

Havest Court Mall (near McDonalds) 218 George Street, Dunedin. Phone (03) 477 5700

YOU CAN STAY ALL DAY AND ENJOY THE CRAIC. Enjoy great food, great service and great Craic in the heart of the Octagon. Open everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner, until late. The Craic prides itself on using the best local produce available, specialising in Seafood and Game dishes. Matched perfectly by our extensive selection of beers, wines and whisky’s.

24 The Octagon, Dunedin. Phone (03) 479 0781

The Craic offers both a fantastic selection of international and NZ beers, wines, spirits and whiskys as well as an extensive menu for brunch, lunch and dinner. Our A Graded Kitchen produces menus that focus on using the best local produce with an emphasis towards seafood and game, infused with Irish favourites and offering something for everyone.

What’s the Craic?

Craic, or “crack” as it is pronounced, is a traditional Irish term for banter, fun, entertainment and enjoyable conversation. So sit back, relax, and enjoy great food and drink. And of course, great Craic!

The Craic Irish Tavern in the Octagon Open 7 days 9am till late. Monday to Friday 8am to late Saturday and Sunday.

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V I S I T A N D E X P L O R E T H E O N LY A U T H E N T I C SCHOLAR’S GARDEN IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE Learn about the Dunedin Chinese Settlers in our alleyway exhibition. Savour traditional tea and dumplings in the enchanting teahouse.

O P E N DA I LY 10am – 5pm A D M I S S I O N Adult $9.50 Under 13 FREE (maximum three) A N N UA L PA S S $21 Cnr Cumberland and Rattray Streets (beside Toitū Otago Settlers Museum) 03 477 3248

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Create memories and dress up in traditional Chinese costume. Immerse yourself in the extensive collection of books gifted by the Shanghai Library, Yu Garden and the Chinese Embassy.

THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING HAPPENING AT DUNEDIN CASINO Dunedin Casino invites you to enter through handsome glass doors, to a central vestibule with its beautiful mosaic floor, then ascend a sweeping grand staircase, to discover opulent gaming rooms outfitted in blue damask with gilded light fittings reaching to a magical glass dome roof & this is the elegance and style of Dunedin Casino, New Zealands Leading Boutique Casino. The Gainsborough Room, once one of the most elegant dining rooms in Australasia, now home to the Casinos table games, and the casino also features an electronic gaming area with 170 machines with the latest games. A perfect complement to an evening of entertainment is Dunedin Casinos Grand Bar & Café, which offers a cafe style restaurant dining experience. Dunedin Casino is located in the heart of the Southern Cross Hotel complex. Whether you are a serious gambler, or a visitor to the city, Dunedin Casino is an experience not to be missed. Open Daily 11am - 3am (R20) Proof of age may be required., 118 High Street, Dunedin. 0800 477 4545


from all local hotel & motels 118 High St, Dunedin | | 0800 477 4545

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World’s only mainland Royal Albatross breeding colony


World’s smallest penguins come home each night

1. Royal Albatross Centre 2. Blue Penguins Pukekura 3. Fort Taiaroa 4. Fletcher House 5. Glenfalloch Garden 6. Glenfalloch Restaurant


4 5,6 Explore a beautiful garden in a hidden valley


World’s only fully restored Armstrong Disappearing Gun hidden in a secret fort

Visit NZ’s Wildlife Capital

Visit our attractions. Take our tours. Support the conservation work of NZ’s first private charitable conservation trust


NZ’s only fully restored 1909 Edwardian Villa

Don’t want to drive? Take one of our fantastic birdlovers Tiki Tours

Dine at one of Dunedin’s top restaurants | | |

Penguin Place conservation reserve

Helping the Endangered Yellow Eyed Penguin Penguin Place is a private conservation reserve, dedicated to helping the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguin. We offer you the opportunity to visit a working conservation programme which is set on a family sheep farm, you will experience natural activity at close range through a unique system of covered trenches and viewing hides. We access the breeding grounds and living areas to get an insight and intimate understanding on what makes Yellow Eyed Penguins so unique, your experienced and knowledgeable guide will share with you personal stories on these non migratory penguins and explain about their struggle for survival and how our project is giving them a real chance. This project is fully funded by the guided tours, funding provides habitat restoration, predator control, our own research programme and on-site rehabilitation care for the sick, starving and injured. It is our hope that through this work, the future of this rare and wonderful bird will be assured. Guided tours are 90 minutes in duration and run 365 days of the year. Bookings Essential: 03 4780 286

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Purakaunui Long Beach


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Larnach Castle

Predominantly of volcanic origin, the Otago Peninsula is steep and on the Pacific side very rugged. The harbour side, warm, sunny and sheltered, has a micro climate that is better than anywhere else on the Otago coast. The 20 km long shallow-bottomed fiord, Otago Harbour, is the home of an abundance of wildlife. World famous are the Royal Albatross and the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguin (Hoiho), but also the Little Blue Penguin and the Stewart Island Shag can be seen in their natural environment. A number of walkways give you access to the many breathtaking views and sheer cliff faces like ‘The Chasm’ and ‘Lovers Leap’.

At the entrance to the Otago Harbour the peninsula rises to Taiaroa Head, home to a breeding colony of northern royal albatross the only colony of albatross to be found on an inhabited mainland. The viewing centre for the albatross colony is one of the peninsula’s main ecotourism attractions, along with other wildlife such as seals and yellow-eyed penguins. Most of the Otago Peninsula is freehold farming land, with increasing numbers of small holdings or lifestyle blocks. Some biodiversity sites such as Taiaroa Head are managed as sanctuaries for wildlife. Many species of seabirds and waders in particular may be found around the tidal inlets, including spoonbills, plovers, and herons.


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Established over 100 years ago to counter the treat Tsarist Russia, the Observation Post at Fort Taiaroa Heads Reserve overlooks part of the albatross colony on the Otago Peninsula as well as having spectacular views of the peninsula. Fort Taiaro is now a museum and visitors can view the Armstrong Disappearing Gun which has worldwide recognition as the only one in the world still working and in its original gun pit. You can also wander through the underground tunnels and view detailed models showing how the gun worked.t

Open 7 days for Lunch, Dinner, Dessert Offering quality imaginative, contemporary fare with traditional New Zealand flavours. Using only fresh local produce, our head chef for the last 18 months has developed an appetizing menu with something for everyone.

7 Harington Point Road Portobello, Otago Peninsula Ph 03 478 0801

Monarch Wildlife Cruises Most locals will tell you that there’s one thing you shouldn’t miss whilst in Dunedin - a Monarch Wildlife Cruise! Operating since 1985, the Monarch team are known for getting you closer to unique Southern Ocean wildlife.

Hop aboard their short one hour cruise, departing daily from Wellers Rock Wharf. You’ll travel out through the head of the Otago Harbour, past volcanic cliffs and a historic lighthouse. Watch as huge Northern Royal Albatross glide in from the ocean and soar up to their hillside nesting colony. From here you can watch as they interact and feed the hungry chicks. The local NZ Fur Seal population will keep you entertained as the skipper guides the boat expertly close to rocky outcrops for great photo opportunities . A short way out to sea you’ll generally spot other albatross and seabird species. Occasionally you might get lucky and see a NZ Sealion, a Blue Penguin or even Hectors and Dusky Dolphins.

If you are looking for an awesome day exploring the Otago Peninsula then take a look at their other tour options. They all include the Wildlife Cruise and also visits to the Royal Albatross Centre, Penguin Place, Larnach Castle or Blue Penguins Pukekura. Monarch Wildlife Cruises really are your one-stop shop for nature tours in Dunedin.

20 Fryatt Street, Dunedin, NZ ph: (03) 477 4276

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Whitestone Cheese Store

Cheese sales and tastings are available from our factory store. Come and try our delicious fresh coffee, cheese platters, coffee, wine and light refreshments. We ripen our award winning cheeses on site to provide a true artisan cheese experience. Open 7 Days. 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday. 10am – 4pm Sat/Sun.

Oamaru’s Victorian Precinct

As you explore Oamaru’s Victorian Precinct, you’ll be surrounded by some of New Zealand’s most complete and beautiful Victorian Streetscapes. Originally the commercial and business district of Oamaru, the buildings in the Precinct were predominantly grain and seed warehouses throughout the late 19th century. The charitable trust, Whitestone Civic Trust, was later established with the aim of preserving the Oamaru Victorian Precinct and it now owns 16 of the Victorian buildings. These beautiful limestone buildings house a mixture of galleries, shops, traditional crafts, food & drink outlets.

A 30 minute drive inland from Oamaru is the town of Duntroon, small on size but big on character. There may not seem much at first glance but this town is big on cultural, historical and geological history. Some of the unique features the town has restored and maintained is the old goal and Nicol’s Blacksmith, which on certain days has a working blacksmith on site. The local Vanished World Heritage Centre showcases the geology of the Waitaki region, preserving fossils and extinct species that have been found in the area. You can also see some of the amazing geological formations and sites along the Vanished World Trail, this self-guided trail spans from MoerakiOamaru and inland through the Waitaki Valley. With over 20 sites relating to landforms, distinctive rocks, minerals and fossils. Most are sign-posted and have explanatory panels, brochures are also available at the Waitaki District i-Sites and other Waitaki Retailers.

Takiroa Rock Art Shelter, these drawings have been here between 1400-1900, nobody knows the who first put the charcoal and ochre on these walls, but the presence of Moa and extinct Quail bones suggest it started early. Listed as number 5 on the History of New Zealand in 100 Places List, we think this historical site is worth a visit. Another site in the area worth a look also is the Maerewhenua Maori Rock Painting. Earthquakes – This geological site is a popular visiting spot for many travelers, approximately 10km from Duntroon this valley is remarkable for its huge limestone land formations, originally thought to have been caused by a devastating earthquake. However it was not to be and in fact was caused by a land slump thousands, perhaps millions of years ago. You can find this location at the North end of Duntroon on Earthquake Road.

Elephant Rocks

The Elephant Rocks are only a short picturesque drive from Oamaru and about 5 kms south of Duntroon, they are a collection of large weathered limestone rocks, not necessarily shaped like elephants but very unique in their own way. They vary in size from approximately 1-10 metres across and are naturally scattered over a grassy paddock. They are on privately owned land and sheep may be present, but access is allowed via a paddock directly opposite the parking bay. The location was also used in the first Chronicles of Narnia film in 2005.

MOERAKI Once used as a whaling station by early Europeans, there is plenty to see and do in this tranquil little fishing village. Fresh fish straight off the boat, or sample at one of the local cafes and restaurants. Charters are also available if you want to catch your own, and while out you may see lots of other wildlife in the area, Hectors Dolphins, seals or maybe even orca. The Moeraki Boulders are just a 5 minute drive from the village, and they will not disappoint, these impressive spherical boulders are definitely the highlight in the area. Katiki Point Lighthouse built in 1878 is also a highlight and worth a visit, it is also a haven for wildlife such as the endangered Yellow-eyed Penguin, Little Penguins and also fur seals. Accommodation is limited so make sure you book ahead to avoid missing out. MOERAKI BOULDERS These spherical boulders are scattered on Koekohe Beach on the Otago coast. A popular tourist attraction, these boulders started forming in ancient sea floor sediments around 60 million years ago with the largest boulder having taken approximately 4 million years to get their current size. They are concretions that have been exposed through shoreline erosion from coastal cliffs. Some of the boulders are over 2 metres wide and weigh several tonnes, one third of the boulders range in size from .5 to 1 metre in diameter and the other two thirds are from 1.5 to 2.2 metres, most a spherical but a small proportion are elongated .

Explore the evolution of marine animals at our Geology & Fossil Centre and see famous marine fossils like Waipatia, the sharked tooth dolphin, ancient whales and giant penguins.Browse our great selection of books and gifts. Dig your own fossils in the ‘Discovery Room’.

State Highway 1 Vanished World Fossil Centre 8km south of Oamaru, Oamaru Open daily 10am to 4pm Campbell St, Duntroon +64 3 43371269 Open Daily 10am - 4pm *Admission charge applies.


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Our guided tours offer guests a behind the scenes look at Whitestone’s cheese making process – all the way from make to taste. You will get to experience a cheese tasting, informative talk and guided tour of the factory through viewing galleries, plus walk away with a goody bag sample. For the more indulgent foodie, there is the opportunity to upgrade tours to include cheese and wine matching, you can book both of these experiences online. Times: Tour + Cheese Tasting: 10am, Monday – Friday, allow 1 hour. Tour with Cheese and Wine Pairing: 11:45am, Monday – Friday, allow 90 minutes.


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Meet the growers, farmers and producers of the best seasonal produce our region has to offer. You’ll be sure to find a fantastic selection of fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, plants, baking, preserves, eggs and more. WHEN: Every Sunday from 9:30am - 1;00pm WHERE: corner Wansbeck St and Tyne St,Oamaru NEW ZEALAND



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Oamaru, meaning ‘place of Maru’ in Maori, is the largest town in the Waitaki district in North Otago. European settlement began in 1853 and by 1860 the town was growing rich serving the pastoralists and gold miners. By the mid 1880’s the town centre had and an impressive array of buildings made from the locally-quarried limestone, many of these buildings remain today and are worth stopping in and viewing if you are in the area, they contain a mixture of shops, galleries and food & drink outlets. Bushy Beach Scenic Reserve is also a top spot to visit, with some stunning vistas from the viewing platforms, and if your lucky you may see some NZ Fur Seals/Kekeno on the rocks below or the Yellow Eyed Penguin (before 9am or after 3pm).



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This cycle trail covers 301 km from the base Aoraki/Mt Cook, the trail continues through the Mckenzie basin to Lake Ohau, past Omarama and the Hydro Dam lakes surrounding the mountains and on through other towns like Kurow, Duntroon and Otemetata. It is one of New Zealands most scenic cycle ways and boasts some beautiful scenery that the country has on offer, as well as vineyards, rivers and Maori Art.


The Blue Penguin or Korora which is the Maori name, have been nesting along the edge of the Oamaru Harbour since the early 1990’s. Viewing is a must if you are in Oamaru and it is advised to book a tour to ensure you get the best possible experience.

Totara Estate Experience a taste of living history when you visit Totara Estate, the birthplace of the frozen meat industry in New Zealand. Self Guided or guided tours available. Sheep to feed and stories to hear. Try a little colonial deliciousness in the original Cookhouse Café. Our friendly staff are on hand to welcome you every day from 10.00am to 4.00pm from September to May. Admission Fees Apply.

8 Kms South of Oamaru - State Highway1 totara estate Ph 03 433 1269

Clarks Mill

Not far down the road from Totara Estate and originally the same farm is Clarks Mill in Maheno. Built in 1866, the innovation and energy that went into the technological advances of early agriculture in New Zealand also extended to this flour mill. Here you can walk the history from water to electric power and from millstone to roller milling in this fully restored marvel. Open every Sunday from 21 October to April 1pm – 3pm. Machinery operates last Sunday of the month. 12 Kms down the road from Oamaru. Group Tours available at both sites by arrangement. Admission charges apply. See our website or facebook page for more details Phone 03 433 1269 totara estate

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CENTRAL OTAGO Why visit central otago?

  Central Otago is New Zealand’s most inland region, also it’s hottest, coldest and driest. The region celebrates a magnificent natural and historic wealth; distinguished through its expansive landscapes, defined seasons, distinctive heritage, year round curling, wine trails and New Zealand’s first rail trail.   Set your own tempo of activity in Central Otago. Cycle a section of the Otago Central Rail Trail, taste award winning wines in amazing locations, try curling year round, play a round of golf at any one of the 11 golf courses, cruise the Clutha River, visit picturesque historic gold mining towns or just kick back and relax at one of the many boutique historic or heritage accommodation places. Central Otago is a place where you relax, indulge and rejuvenate.   Central Otago is readily accessible by main highways from Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill, Queenstown and the West Coast via Wanaka. Dunedin International Airport is 2.5 hours from Alexandra and Queenstown International Airport is 40 minutes from Cromwell.   Central Otago has four distinct seasons and is cooler in winter, however the climate is mostly dry and sunny all year!   The people of Central Otago have a strong sense of “Love of Place” and are proud to share their place with visitors. It is a place which truly offers A World of Difference.


44 Manuherikia Road, Alexandra Ph.(03)4488297

Close to Gold Mining, Rail Trail, Aqua Centre, Golf Courses Bike & Walking Tracks, Wine Trails, Curling, Fantastic Fising. Approx 1 hour Drive to Wanaka, Queenstown, Nasby, Ranfurly.

“Great for a getaway in Sunny Central Otago”

  On Manuherikia Road Alexandra Holiday Park is scenically set close to the Rail Trail, mountain bike and walking tracks, wine trails, goldmining, fantastic fishing, aquatic centre and golf course.   The Holiday Park complex is centrally heated (including the amenities block and TV room) with a range of accommodation options from self-contained units, cabins, caravan and tent sites, and backpackers rooms. School groups catered for with conference facilities (private fully equipped kitchen/toilets/ bedrooms) for hire.   Approximately one hour to/ from Wanaka/Queenstown. Manuherikia Road, Alexandra.

Cromwell … Central Otago’s Action-Packed Destination Looking for a lake teaming with trout and whichever way the wind blows has smooth water for family doughnut riding or winding out the jet-ski. Cromwell’s got it. Looking to pedal a mountain bike or power a trail bike up to the clouds? Cromwell’s surrounded by lofty ranges laced with tracks and trails from fairly easy to hair-raising. Looking to unwind with a glass or two of New Zealand’s finest pinots? Cromwell’s at the heart of the Central Otago wine region. Looking to spend time walking and hiking? Cromwell’s got miles of lakeside and mountain top opportunities. Looking to discover New Zealand’s past? You’ll find it alive and well in Old Town Cromwell. Looking to entertain the kids with some panning? In Cromwell you’ll strike gold. Looking to tell people what they’re missing. Many of Cromwell’s cafes also serve up free internet. Looking for a holiday base that’s central to everything? No guessing the answer to that. Cromwell. Less than an hour from Queenstown, a little under three- quarters of an hour from Wanaka, 20 minutes from Clyde (start/finish of the Otago Central Rail Trail... and half an hour from Alexandra.


Three Star Plus Harvest Hotel (formerly Golden Gate Lodge) is Central Otago's gateway accommodation where all 47 standard and premium suites (Queens, Super Kings, Twins, Triples and rollaway beds available) have French doors opening on to breath-taking mountain, golf links, vineyard and rural views. Amenities include Free Wi-Fi, extensive parking, guest laundry, room service, 24 hour reception (night porter 10.30pm to 6am) EMAIL:

Hunting lodge themed Five Stags Bar and Restaurant has evolved from the need to provide honest, hard-working locals and travelling folk with a welcoming, family friendly place to grab a cold pint, a glass of wine or a great feed and share stories about their day or week. The restaurant is cleverly separated from the bar which itself has multiple areas to appeal to differing occasions and customers. NZ FREEPHONE: 0800 104 451

Just under an hour from Queenstown Airport, even less from Wanaka and on the main Christchurch – Queenstown and Queenstown – Dunedin highways, Forage Information Centre & Cafe at The Gate could not be better positioned for tourists hungry for food and refreshment or thirsty for information and being able to make accommodation, activities and tour bookings there and then. PHONE: + 64 3 445 1777

World famous in Cromwell and throughout much of Central Otago, Black Panther Pizza has since 2011 become a take away – dine in favourite with locals and visitors for consistent quality and ‘Grrreat Taste, Grrreat Value’. The pizza base dough is made daily on premises and then on getting your order, our pizza makers bake their creations in the Black Panther Pizza Stone Oven that distributes heat evenly for that traditional pizza crispness.

FAX: + 64 3 445 1776


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WANAKA Wanaka in Spring

The freedom to do your own thing, away from the crowds, with breathtaking lakes and mountains as your playground. A year-round destination set against the pristine alpine backdrop of Mount Aspiring National Park, you can still discover that totally relaxed Kiwi way of life at Lake Wanaka. Many attractions and adventure sports are within reach of Lake Wanaka. Take a scenic cruise on the lake, sample locally made exquisite wines, or fish at one of the many easily accessible spots. Alternatively, venture into the hills and mountains surrounding Wanaka. Mountain biking, sking, hiking and climbing are all available in this area. Check out for more information.

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Surrounded by picturesque mountains, Lake Hawea is an outdoor adventurers’ paradise. With little more than a 15 minute scenic drive from Wanaka on the Makarora/West Coast road you can be partaking in some of the country’s finest fly fishing or enjoying some adrenalin B E SonTor C A R the S , lake. B E S T R E N TA L S filled activities around In summer it is a favorite spot for those keen on wind surfing, paddle • C a rswimming s • 4 Wbut D ’also s there are some boarding, boating, and kayaking great mountain bike tracks and walks. Sentinel Peak • Sedans • M i n i Peak, B u s Isthmus es are just a couple of great hiking tracks popular in Hawea, for more information and maps you can visit the local i-Site or the Department of Conservation website has all current information. There is some accommodation available at Lake Hawea, however to avoid missing out it pays to book early, especially during the summer season..



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Mt Aspiring National Park

This is New Zealands 3rd largest National Park covering 355,543 hectares and is part of Te Wahipounamu - South West NZ Heritage area. The park offers a large number of walks, either short or longer hikes depending on ability. A highlight for many is the 30 minute Blue Pools Walk, winding through a Silver Beech Forest, across a swing bridge to a viewing platform overlooking the crystal clear pool. For more information on the park, see the Wanaka i-Site or Department of Conservation website

Whats On

Plenty to see at PUZZLING WORLD! A firm belief in giving their customers more “bang for their buck” and encouraging them to truly absorb themselves in the illusionary theming, the team at Puzzling World have continuously added and improved features between each of their five Illusion Rooms – an area they call “the walls of wonder”.

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Wanaka Showgrounds, Ardmore Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes Saturday 9 November 2019 9:00am and Sunday 10 November 2019 9:00am Roll up. Roll up. Roll up!!! Welcome to Season 5 of New Zealand’s largest and newest travelling event! The Extravaganza Fair!The Extravaganza Fair is a family affair, it is a free entry, fun day out with something for everyone. We’re bringing to NZ a unique style of interesting market stalls, arts and craft, food, musical entertainment, circus shows, performers, unique to NZ tiny homes, including open home and kids shows & games. We’re bringing back the ‘old school’, join in our sack races, tug of wars & musical bean bags & be in to win prizes!

Laugh Club Comedy Night Wanaka Bar Number 8, Level 1, 155 Ardmore Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes Friday 15 November 2019 8:00pm – 9:45pm General Admission: $28.00 ($25.00 + $3.00 fees) 0800 BUY TIX (289 849) Join Cohen Holloway from What We do In the Shadows , Hunt For The Wilderpeople and Fresh Eggs Fame and Tarun Mohanbhai in an evening of Comedy to get that funny bone inside of you activated for can can only be the best summer New Zealand is about to experience.

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Gin and Raspberry Boutique Bar, Level 1, 155 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes Thursday 14 November 2019 7:30pm Acclaimed US multi-instrumentalist, producer, songwriter and adored folk artist, Sneaky Bones returns to NZ for another epic nationwide tour. Matthew Bean, who writes and performs under the pseudonym Sneaky Bones, sets out on his second tour across New Zealand to support his third full-length record – Strangers I’ve Already Met.

some great tracks, if you are keen to get 26/03/19 out and12 explore the area in the fresh air. there are trails suitable from beginner to advanced depending fitness levels. The outlet track, 03 443 6050 | Hawea river track 5and the Beacon Point tracks are popular with 1 Brownston Street, Wanaka families wanting a leisurely ride. Information on bike hire and maps are all available at the local i-Site, so get out and enjoy the amazing scenery the region has to offer.

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Queenstown (Tahuna)

Travel information

Queenstown is a resort town in Central Otago nestled around an inlet on beautiful Lake Wakitipu. With rugged mountains such as The Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Walter Peak and Ben Lomond and Queenstown Hill surrounding, it makes for some stunning views, especially in winter when the mountains are snow-capped. Alpine wonderland, deep canyons and cascading rivers and the clear crystal lake waters sums up Queenstown Queenstown is a popular year round destination with a huge range of attractions, snow skiing in the winter, water activities in the summer plus many more which can be done at any time of the year. Adrenalin junkies are attracted to Queenstown for many of the activities, high-speed jet boat rides, skydiving, bungy jumping, mountain biking plus much more. However it also offers a lot for those wanting to relax and unwind with attractions such as museums, gardens, vineyards, walking tracks, boat cruises, plus many more. A true slice of paradise sits a spectacular 45 minute drive from Queenstown on the northern shores of Lake Wakitipu, Glenorchy has provided many a backdrop to films, including ‘Lord of the Rings’ and the Narnia movies. Set amongst snow-capped mountains, pristine lakes & rivers stunning national parks, this is a gateway to amazing hiking trails, jet boating, kayaking and horse trekking.

Queenstown has an international airport located just a 10 minute drive from the town centre. Daily domestic flights are available in and out of Queenstown by Air New Zealand, Jetstar, Qantas or Virgin Australia. Travel by road is a great scenic option if you don’t have any time contraints, Christchurch to Queenstown via SH8 is approximately 5 hours 50 minutes, Dunedin to Queenstown via SH8 is approximately 3 hours 35 minutes. Accommodation options vary depending on your budget, backpacker, B&B’s, hotels, motels, luxury lodges or holiday parks, booking is advised as Queenstown is a busy place all year round. For all information on the area and booking attractions the i-Site Visitor Information Centre in the heart of Queenstown is the perfect place to start with friendly helpful staff who know the area well. i-Site – Visitor Information Centre Clocktower Building, Corner Camp & Shotover Streets Queenstown. HOSPITAL-20 Douglas St, Frankton | 03 441 0015 POLICE- 11 Camp Street | 03 441 1600 TAXI – 56 Shotover Street | 03 442 7788 AIRPORT- Airport Drive Frankton| 03 450 9031 DENTIST- 16 McBride Street, Frankton | 03 442 2711 POST OFFICE- 13 Camp Street | 03 442 7670

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History When gold was discovered in the Shotover River in 1862, this

town sprang to life. The Central Otago Gold Rush was considered to be the country’s biggest gold strike and the Shotover River the second richest gold bearing river in the world, leading to miners from Australia and Californian goldfields, and many others from around the world flooding in and set up, hoping to strike it lucky. Temporary settlements with general stores and bars were set up, thus establishing Queenstown and Arrowtown. If you are wanting to learn more about the areas cultural heritage you can explore the old farm homesteads and historic gold mining villages in the area or partake in the numerous heritage walks, and if you’re feeling lucky eve

Arrowtown is a historic former gold mining town, it sits in The Arrow Basin which was carved out by the great glaciers from ages past. It began as a gold mining town in 1862 when gold was discovered in the region, miners flocked to the Arrow River to try and find their fortune and at the height of the gold rush the population had reached 7,000, the population today is somewhat less, being a just little over 2,000. For more information on early social and cultural history of the Wakitipu you can visit the Lakes District Museum which is located on the main street in Arrowtown. Today Arrowtown is a town reminiscent of times gone by with many of the buildings in the main street being built during the gold mining days, which have been preserved to their original beauty. With many great cafes, restaurants and boutique stores this picturesque town is worth a visit and just a mere 20 minute drive from Queenstown. Link buses to Arrowtown from Queenstown are also available and depart at various times, check out the Connectabus Website for more information.

Millbrook Resort, 2 Malaghans Ridge, Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes Saturday 16 November 2019 7:30am – 4:00pm Welcome to the World’s Most Beautiful Marathon. Set between the backdrop of the world renowned Crown and Remarkable mountain ranges, and taking in the best highlights of the Queenstown Lakes region on hard packed cycle trails, this is truly a flat out beautiful course.

Arrowtown Christmas Market Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall, 33 Buckingham St, Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes Sunday 17 November 2019 9:00am – 4:00pm A great family day out. Get your Christmas shopping done, or spend time browsing the wide array of stalls and treat yourself. Food, games, clothing, home wares, jewellery, bath & body products, candles, condiments, crafts, baby gifts, toys, doll clothing, ECO products, platters, Christmas decorations and much, much more all made in New Zealand!

Sherwood, 554 Frankton Road, Queenstown Friday 29 November 2019 8:00pm – 10:00pm Buy Tickets General Admission- Early Bird- Release 2: $28.62 ($25.00 + $3.62 fees) ‘Dear Lupin’ is best-selling author Michael Simkins’ stage adaption of the hilarious, caustic and charming collection of letters sent by real-life Dunkirk veteran and BBC2 racing reporter and correspondent Roger Mortimer, to his son Charlie. Charlie, who is a bit of a lad, is nicknamed Lupin after the wayward son of Mr Pooter in the Diary of a Nobody. The original Dear Lupin book became a huge best-seller and won the Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year in 2013.

Guy Williams “Some Places” Tour 2019 Queenstown

Yonder, 14 Church St, Queenstown Tuesday 19 November 2019 7:30pm – 8:30pm 0800 BUY TIX (289 849) Guy Williams “Some places in the central North Island and most of the South Island” Tour 2019 Billy T Award-Winning Comedian Guy Williams is Back! Some of you might not have even noticed that he was gone, or even realised that he was here in the first place, that doesn’t matter… he’s back!

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The Catlins offers a glimpse of rural New Zealand set amid native forests, fringed by high cliffs and golden beaches. This spectacular coastal stretch is home to an array of marine life – sea lions are regular beach visitors, while dolphins frolic in the shallows. Keep your eyes peeled for the rare but distinctive hoiho, the Yellow-eyed penguin. Here, you’ll also find a world of waterfalls that are amongst the most photographed in the world. Some of the highlights of the Catlins include; Walking the rugged coastline to Nugget Point 100 metres above the heaving Southern Ocean; seal pups play in their sheltered rock pools below and thousands of sea birds circle around the iconic lighthouse and rock nuggets which have been a menace to ships for over 150 years. The water tumbles over rock faces at the spectacular Purakaunui Falls and McLean Falls which are highlights of the Catlins. It is a short 10 minute walk to both waterfalls through tall temperate rainforest where you will hear the call of the tui and bellbird. At Lake Wilkie you will find a piece of tranquillity. Time seems to slow down at this serene, reflective lake where the reeds stand still and the forest above whispers lightly in the breeze. Feel dwarfed by the sheer size of the Cathedral Caves. The caves are only accessible very close to low tide. Walk for ten minutes through ancient native forest and suddenly a beach appears before you. The brooding entrance to the caves is at the northern end of the beach where you will hear the dripping of water into reflective pools and breathe in the ocean smells.

Nugget Point

Just a short drive from Kaka Point is the site of the Nugget Point Lighthouse built in 1869. The lighthouse was built due to the rocky islets which are surrounding the tip of the headland. Originally powered by an oil burner, it was converted to a 1000 watt lamp in 1949, with electricity by a diesel generator in the 1960’s and then was automated in 1989 and is now computer-monitored . A 20 minute walk with breathtaking views will take you along this spectacular track to the viewing platform at the lighthouse, another 20 minute walk will also take you to Roaring Bay, where you can observe an abundance of wildlife, seals, sea lions, yellow eyed penguins and sometimes elephant seals, one of the few places in New Zealand with regular occurrences of this species. From the shore you may also be able to spot humpback whales, orca or the Hectors dolphins. Nugget Point is an absolute must-do if you’re in the area.

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Tumu Toka Curioscape Curio Bay - Catlins

Situated in the heart of the bay is the perfect place to take a holiday or even just a break on your journey. Visit the pristine Jurassic Fossil Forest, view rare and endangered species of penguins and dolphins in a spectacular unspoiled setting by the sea. The Gateway Experience is a world-class interactive centre especially designed to share the unique stories of this amazing place on the edge of time. Open from 8am -10pm 7 days a week. Guided Tours are also available. The Café & Restaurant is an excellent place to stop in for a snack or meal, they are fully licensed and with gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian options available. Open 8am – 10pm 7 days a week. Whether you want to relax, discover, camp, shop or unwind over amazing food and coffee, CURIOSCAPES has everything you need.

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Nugget Point Pounawea

Purakaunui Falls Papatowai Tautuku Bay

STAY, EAT AND EXPLORE THE CATLINS This 440km scenic travelling route begins or ends in Dunedin city and travels through Brighton, Taieri Mouth, Balclutha, Owaka, Catlins to Invercargill city, Bluff, Stewart Island and then on to Riverton, Tuatapere and the Gateway to Fiordland, Manapouri and Te Anau.

Cathedral Caves


STAY, EAT AND EXPLORE THE CATLINS “A perfect place to take a break from your journey”


Lake To Dunedin Mahinerangi



Owaka Museum features significant stories about life and places . Ship wreck movies and heritage objects combine to present multi-media exhibitions for visitors from around the globe. Recommended by the Lonely Planet Guide as an excellent museum, Owaka Museum sets a new benchmark for small museums. Owaka Museum’s Maori name Wahi Kahuika appropriately translates as the Meeting Place : a rest on your journey. 10 Campbell Street Owaka - The Catlins New Zealand


Owaka Museum

This sleepy seaside resort is situated at the start of the Catlins Scenic Route in South Otago. During the summer months Kaka Point is popular with families because of the beautiful safe beaches which are patrolled during the summer months. Photographers also use Kaka Point as a base as there is an extensive array of wildlife, scenery and places of interest throughout the Catlins region.


“A must for any traveller going down South..”

“ A journey through windows of time to the the very edge of life”

“A Must for any traveller heading south”



The Campground offers a unique coastal Campground environment to takeThe a break on your Catlins journey. environment to • Powered and unpowered sites

• Full kitchen

• Camp shop

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offers a unique coastal take a break on your Catlins journey.

• Laundry

• Full kitchen • Powered and CAMPGROUND unpowered sites • Laundry • Camp shop7 Days 590 Waikawa Curio Bay Road Phone: 03 246 8897 Email: Open • Wi-Fi




BBQ Areas

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t s e W t u O

Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track

Something for everyone ...Experience the Thrill - Beauty - wild NZ Jet Boating with the best!


Safety Record We offer a huge variety of jet boating and wilderness adventure packages in Fiordland and Southland. Experience New Zealand’s most daring and exhilarating jet boat ride!. Our trips include a jet boat ride across Lake Hauroko and jet boating down the Wairaurahiri River, New Zealand’s most exciting Grade 3 whitewater rapids!

Phone: 0800 270 556 17 Main Street, Otautau 9610, Southland NZ

Fiordland National Park

Hiking Scenic Drives Jet Boating Seaside Cafes Surfing Horse Trekking Heritage

Visit to find out more!

Heading west on the Southern Scenic Route, from Invercargill, leads you to Southland’s western reaches and some of the most fertile land of this incredibly arable province.

Situated on the southwest corner of the South Island, Fiordland is the largest of the 14 national parks in New Zealand occupying an area of over 1.2 millions hectares and encompassing mountains, lakes, fiords and rainforest environments. The park is administered by the Department of Conservation. In 1904 10,000 square kilometers were set aside as a national reserve, the area had already become a popular destination for trampers Riverton following the opening of the Milford Track from Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound in 1889 by New Zealand Explorers Quintin McKinnon and Donald Sutherland. This extraordinary place was recognized by the United Nations in 1986 when it was made a World Heritage Area, (Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area), being described as having ‘superlative natural phenomena’ and ‘outstanding examples of the earths evolutionary history’. In 1990 the area was extended to also include Westland, and Mt Cook National Parks. For those keen on exploring the park, some of the Great Walks of New Zealand can be found in Fiordland, the Kepler, Milford and Routeburn tracks are all spectacular, and can be done with an local guide or independently for the more experienced tramper. With close to 1 millions visitors a year, Fiordland is a region that never ceases to amaze, a must see attraction, and destination for many, either by walking the great tracks, scenic flights or one of the many cruises available. Contact your closest i-Site for more information on tours, so you can experience the wonders this park has to offer. Park information can also be found on

Te Anau

Nestled around the edge of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake in the South Island, the second largest in New Zealand, Te Anau is the picturesque town which is also the main visitor base for Fiordland National Park. This busy little town is a popular destination to many tourists who are also visiting the famous nearby fiords such as Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound for the spectacular scenery. Many visitors to the area are also undertaking the popular walking tracks such as the Milford, Kepler or Routeburn, considered to be some of the best in New Zealand, or just enjoying some of the local activities such as kayaking, cycling, jetboating, fishing, hunting or helicopter sightseeing, just to name a few. There is a wide range of accommodation to choose from depending on preference, hotels, motels, lodges, camping grounds, even Farm Stays which provide visitors with a genuine Kiwi experience. It is advisable to book in advance during the summer months as this is the busy season. Te Anau is a definite must for any intrepid adventurer, a destination you won’t want to leave. Bookings and information for what to do in the area is available at the local i-Site Visitor Information Centre, they have all the local knowledge to make your visit more enjoyable.

Western Southland’s first major coastal stop is Riverton the Riviera of The South. The community has always been strong in this historic port town, which, in recent years, has developed an almost bohemian culture. Recycling, organics, conservation and the arts collide happily here. Coastal Orepuki overlooks views of the dreamy South Coast – either blue seas sparkling in bright sun, or windswept waves battering the shore. Look carefully from the grey stone beaches of Te Waewae Bay and you may just catch a glimpse of New Zealand’s largest pod of Hector’s dolphins.

Mitre Peak

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Te Anau

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Whats on in November


Invercargill is capital of the the Southland region of New Zealand. We invite you to experience the warmth, friendliness and hospitality that makes our city such a great place to live and visit. Invercargill is favourably placed on the Southern Scenic Route and is the gateway to some of New Zealand’s most beautiful scenery and destinations including the Southland heartland, Stewart Island, Fiordland and the Catlins.

Hokonui Community Market St Andrews Presbyterian Church, 4 Devon St, Gore, Southland 10:00am – 2:00pm A monthly community market, offering unique handicrafts and seasonal produce.Email - for more details, or follow us on Facebook.

Dee Street


To Riverton & Te Anau

To Queenstown 99 Makarewa Wallacetown Lorneville Art Gallery


To Gore & Dunedin



Kennington Airport


Oreti Beach

Otatara New Sandy Point River Domain Estuary 1

Omaui Scenic Res

Foveaux Strait

Spread across 80 hectares, Queens Park has beautiful kept gardens, wildlife habitats and sports areas. Perfect for families, Queens Park has a popular playground, water park and lots of open space for sporting activities or even just walking the dog. Whether you picnic or visit the café, this park is a great place to hang out for a few hours to unwind.Some of the sporting activities available at the park include and 18-hole golf course, a disc golf course, tennis courts, cricket, croquet, and bowling clubs and a 4km fitness trail with twenty exercise stations.Other highlights of this New Zealand garden of National Significance include an array of featured gardens, from a Japanese garden to the indoor Winter Garden with tropical plants as well as Cacti in an adjoining structure. Queens Park is also home to an impressive bird aviary, farmyard area and animal enclosures, everything you need for a full day out. You will find Queens Park at 108 Gala Street, access to the park is on Queens Drive & Herbert Street, Invercargill.

To Dunedin via the Catlins

Winton Community Market

Winton Presbyterian Church , 11 Meldrum Street, Winton, Southland District When: Sat 9th November 2019, 10:00am–1:00pm Grab a cuppa and snack in our onsite cafe, pop the kids in the toy room and browse the amazing line up of stalls that we have to offer. Baby change & high chair facilities available plus the building has wheelchair friendly access & toilets.

Southern Farmers Market - 9:30am - 1:30pm

(every Sunday except between Christmas and New Year) Southland Masonic Centre, 80 Forth Street, Invercargill, New Zealand. (every Sunday except between Christmas and New Year) We offer a huge range for Breakfast & Lunch - Crepes & Pancakes, Waffles, Cheese Rolls, Bacon & Egg pies. Chinese x 4, Korean x 2, Filipino x 2, Vietnamese, Sri Lankan, Malaysian, Indian & Thai Lunchtime Foodstalls. You will also find Coffee & Tea. As well as fresh Fruit & Veges, Free Range Eggs, Honey, 2 Cheese stalls, Homestyle Baked Goods,Cupcakes, Donuts, GF, Dairy Free & Refined Sugar free unbaked goods, and lots of Artisan Craft stalls including Soaps, Crystals, plants, & 2nd hand childrens books and 2nd hand garden tools.

7 Days Live Awarua

Civic Theatre, 88 Tay St, Invercargill, Southland Saturday 16 November 2019 7:30pm – 10:15pm Adult - plus fees: $54.00 Senior Citizen/Tertiary Student - plus fees: $49.00 7 Days is turning 10 this year, and like any ten-year old’s birthday there will be chaos, laughter, tears and junk food. 7 Days is going on its biggest tour ever this November and December, performing New Zealand’s most successful ever comedy show live in theatres in 14 towns around New Zealand.




Aluminum Smelter

Guy Williams “Some Places” Tour 2019 Invercargill

Invercargill Heritage Trail

The heritage trail takes visitors on a tour of interesting heritage sites, beautiful historic buildings and other places of historical interest. There are 18 sites of interest to discover, museums, art gallery, church’s, gardens, architecture and much more, the trail will take about half a day by car, stopping at each point to enjoy each location. If you are wanting to see as much of Invercargill as you can, this trail takes you over a wide range, so you will feel like you have seen everything that this city has to offer. For a list of these sites visit or visit the local i-Site for more information.

Oreti Beach and Sandy Point Twenty six kilometres of perfectly smooth sand....this was the perfect location for Burt Munro’s race track, also the perfect location for the film ‘The World’s Fastest Indian’, which tells the story of Southland’s local hero Burt Munro. Just 10km from Invercargill is Sandy Point, the southern end of Oreti Beach, a sand and shingle peninsula which is bound by the Oreti River and Foveaux Strait. This region was of particular importance with the Maori, long before Invercargill was established with a plentiful supply of fish, shellfish and the bird life. Sandy Points ancient sand dune forest of wind-sculpted trees, Totara and Matai which are rare and nationally important. This is a popular location for mountain biking, horse riding or walking, for more information contact the local Visitor Centre on Sandy Point Road, they will have a map of the area and all the great walking or biking tracks available.

The Riverton Twilight Market 2019

The Riverton Twilight Market 2019 Site Palmerston Street, Riverton, Southland Friday 6 December 2019 5:00pm – 8:00pm The Christmas Twilight Market is coming to town again, and this year will be the events 5th anniversary! If there was ever a time to come along to the market, this is definitely the year! The lineup is going to be huge this year with live music, face painting, Mr Whippy, and numerous other attractions to keep everyone entertained. The stalls range from food, art, retro fashion, health and beauty products, wood crafts, and so much more. Make sure you have this date marked on your calendar, and start spreading the word!

The Bee Gees Night Fever

Civic Theatre, 88 Tay St, Invercargill, Southland Thursday 28 November 2019 8:00pm – 10:30pm Direct from Australia, Showtime invites you to dance your way into a time warp of 70’s disco dancefloor thrillers and timeless heartfelt rock ballads with The Bee Gees Night Fever! Night Fever is jetting into town to recreate the Bee Gee’s 1997 One Night Only Las Vegas concert experience in a theatre-style production with over 2 hours of live engaging entertainment showcased through vibrant state-of-the-art lighting, digital display screens, impeccable sound and of course a handpicked international cast that will immerse audiences into the disco era with exquisite trio harmonies and the iconic high-pitched falsetto that we all know and love!

The South Afreakins

Stewart Island Community Centre, Ayr Street, Oban, Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island, Southland Monday 11 November 2019 8:00pm General Admission: $25.00 The South Afreakins - A Dark Comedy.“A flawless performance.” - The New Zealand Short and Sweet Theatre Festival“The script cuts deep to the bone.” – Theatreview Written and performed by Robyn Paterson. Helene and Gordon are stuck in the same armchairs, on their same farm and in the same rut. One longs to leave and experience everything the world and retirement has to offer, while the other won’t leave his milk tart.

The Narcs Unplugged - Summer Tour

Southland Musicians Club, 33 Preston St, Invercargill, Southland Thursday 12 December 2019 8:00pm – 11:00pm Earlybird: $33.75 ($30.00 + $3.75 fees) General Admission: $38.88 ($35.00 + $3.88 fees) 0800 BUY TIX (289 849) Iconic kiwi band The Narcs are taking their unplugged show on a Summer Tour plus dropping a new single “I Don’t Want To Go To Work Today” in time for the holidays. The tour will take in dates in New Zealand’s South & North Islands and finishing with a show in Brisbane, Australia. Their set will feature new songs plus stripped-down versions of Narcs classics and the many hidden gems from the band’s back catalogue and side projects. “We played our first unplugged shows last year and everyone loved it. It’s more rock’n’roll, feels so raw being up close and personal with the audience. There’s lots of singing together, harmonies, laughs, and tears.” Tony Waine

Invercargill Repertory Society, 167 Esk St Invercargill (cnr Esk & Jed Sts), Invercargill, Southland Wednesday 20 November 2019 7:30pm – 8:30pm 0800 BUY TIX (289 849) Guy Williams “Some places in the central North Island and most of the South Island” Tour 2019 Billy T Award-Winning Comedian Guy Williams is Back! Some of you might not have even noticed that he was gone, or even realised that he was here in the first place, that doesn’t matter… he’s back!

The Karl Austin Experience

Surrey Park, Surrey Park Road, Invercargill, Southland Sunday 3 November 2019 9:00am – 5:00pm Admission: Free Playing all throughout the day on our beautiful Extravaganza Fair Stage - with guest appearances also from Ashton Family Circus, Miss Dylan Daisy’s Magic Show & guest musicians. Perhaps you have heard of Karl through word of mouth? Or you may support local Taranaki Music, have followed The Extravaganza or attended one of many live music festivals or craft fair events and field days in Taranaki? No matter where you’ve seen our local pirate, you are sure to remember his unique and mischievous style and pizzaz.

Hansel & Gretel

Civic Theatre, 88 Tay St, Invercargill, Southland Wednesday 27 November 2019 7:30pm Faint starlight peeps through the dark forest canopy. It is midnight: the witching hour. Alone and lost, two hungry children stumble towards a glowing vision of warmth and comfort, heaven for any child with an empty belly and an aching heart. But all is not as it seems… For Christmas 2019, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is proud to present a new two-act ballet by Loughlan Prior, with a specially commissioned score by Claire Cowan. This major premiere brings together many of New Zealand’s creative talents to tell a timeless tale for audiences young and old.

The Feelers - All The Hits Summer Tour

Tillermans, 16 Don St, Invercargill, Southland Thursday 28 November 2019 7:30pm – 11:30pm General Admission: $54.25 ($50.00 + $4.25 fees) 0800 BUY TIX (289 849) The Rock are proud to Present; The Feelers, All The Hits, Summer Tour Pioneers of the kiwi music industry THE FEELERS are thrilled to announce a comprehensive NZ tour this summer; joined at select locations by iconic NZ band STELLAR* who celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album MIX.

Otago Southland Tourist Times, November 2019 — Page 17



Gore The town of Gore is 64 kilometres northeast of Invercargill and 70 km west of Balclutha – Dunedin and Invercargill are the nearest cities. Gore is well known for its connection with Country and Western music, with the annual New Zealand country music awards having been held in the town for 36 years.[12] It has a sister city relationship with Tamworth, New South Wales, the “Country Music Capital of Australia”

Eastern Southland Gallery

  Established in a former Carnegie Library building, it features permanent exhibitions including The John Money Collection: is a large body of New Zealand, Australian, African and American works of art, amassed over 50 years by Baltimore based expatriate NZ academic Dr John Money, and gifted to the Gallery in 2003. The Ralph Hotere Gallery: contains graphic works and paintings by major NZ contemporary artist Ralph Hotere.   The Eastern Southland Gallery also features a vibrant programme of temporary exhibitions, performances, workshops and artist projects.




16 Hokonui Drive, Gore, Phone: 03 203 9288 email: Booking service available for activities, accommodation and land transport throughout New Zealand Monday - Saturday The Destination Gore Visitor Centre is front of house for the Hokonui Moonshine and Historical Museums. Operating hours – Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm Saturday 9.30am – 4.00pm Sunday 1.00pm – 4.00pm, booking service unavailable on Sundays, Public Holidays as advertised


MOONSHINE MUSEUM Celebrating the tradition of Moonshine Hokonui Heritage Centre, Hokonui Dr, Gore. Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm Saturday & Sunday 1:00pm - 3:30pm

l l i g r a c r In ve Bluff Oysters Queens Park Bill Richardson Transport World, Classic Motorcycle Mecca & Dig This Bluff Sign-post Seriously Good Chocolate Company Oreti Beach & Sandy Point E. Hayes Motorworks Burt Munro Collection Chiaroni Gallery

Hokonui Moonshine Museum

Featuring the JOHN MONEY WING & RALPH HOTERE GALLERY Monday to Friday 10am – 4.30pm Weekends & Public Holidays 1-4pm

  Situated in Gore’s Arts and Heritage Precinct, the museum celebrates the history of illicit whisky-making in the south. ‘Hokonui’ or ‘Hokonui Moonshine’ had its origins in the Highlands of Scotland, but made its presence felt in the Gore District with the advent of localised Prohibition in 1902.   51 years of subsequent “drought” gave rise to an illicit moonshining tradition, and over 30 resulting prosecutions.   The museum explores this colourful history through recreations, audio-visuals and original artifacts.

Visit to find out more!


THE E HAYES MOTORWORKS COLLECTION No visit to Invercargill is complete without a visit to our iconic store - whether you want to indulge in some serious retail therapy or simply pay homage to a true New Zealand legend. Browse at your leisure through our huge hardware and giftware store and experience over 100 exhibits of vintage and classic motorcycles, cars, vehicles, machinery and more including Burt Munro’s authentic, record-breaking 1920 Indian Scout. We guarantee you’ve NEVER seen a store like ours!

We have the LARGEST RANGE of EXCLUSIVE Burt Munro and World’s Fastest Indian


168 Dee Street, Invercargill. Phone 03 218 2059 OPEN 7 DAYS

in Invercargill.



NORTHERN SOUTHLAND Rolling farmland, majestic mountains, Northern Southland has some stunning scenery waiting to be explored by the intrepid traveler. The Mataura and Oreti Rivers runs through Northern Southland and offers up some of the best dry fly fishing in the world, not to mention some of the best cycling trails and mountain bike tracks in New Zealand. The Northern Southland Heritage Trail is a great way to explore many of the historic sites in the area, one being the old railway building in Lumsden, which also has the chassis of a steam locomotive, two diesel shunters and three wagons. There are 15 heritage sites between Kingston and Josephville which is spread along a 110 km distance. To get a full description of these sites you can contact the Invercargill i-SITE.


Situated in Garston, New Zealands most inland town, this 40ft container gallery showcases some the finest arts and crafts from around Southland and Central Otago. Fine Arts, Jewellery and other unique handmade items have been displayed beautifully, like candy for the eyes, and Tabatha the owner of Craft Keepers as well as making her own designer jewellery, can give you all the information you need on every single item, who they are made by and what makes them special. Every piece has a story, so make sure you pop in and find your special piece.

A couple of great natural spaces in the region are Eyre Mountains (Taka Ra Haka) Conservation Park and the Piano Flat and Waikaia Forest Conservation Area. These areas offer some great trails for tramping, horse riding, mountain biking and 4 wheel driving, or just for a picnic if you are wanting a more low impact visit but the amazing scenery.


There is plenty of great options for food and accommodation and mementos in the area, some of our favourites are: • The Garston Hotel & Café (an adults only inn for those wanting a bit more quiet time) • The Lumsden Hotel (Built in 1875 this Grand Hotel offers comfortable accommodation with a great dining menu) • Welcome Rock Trails (Garston) private trails on a high country station & accommodation with some spectacular scenery!) • Coffee Bomb - (Garston) food truck serving awesome coffee & food…a must!) • Craftkeepers - (Garston)find a special something especially handcrafted, you won’t be disappointed)


5 Garston Athol Highway, Garston, New Zealand Phone: 022 040 2097

Devils Staircase



Just one hour south of Queenstown WELCOME ROCK TRAILS offers an adventure you won’t want to miss. This 27km hand built private cross country mountain biking/hiking trail is on a high country station, with the option to overnight in one of their amazing back country huts. Named after the prominent rock that was a meeting point for early settlers, Welcome Rock has been reinvented into an awe-inspiring single-track-circuit. With stunning landscapes this is a must do for those who enjoy the outdoors and want to see one of the most beautiful regions in the country. Self-guided, guided, packages, accommodation, there are so many options available, all you need to decide is which one suits you, so jump onto their website and start planning your next adventure.

Garston stables

Antique and reproduction furniture, Art and collectibles is what you will find a the Garston Stables. This beautiful shop is on State Highway 6, Kingston Athol Highway in Garston, right next door to the Hunny Shop. Whether you are looking for something big or small they have a variety of things to choose from so stop in and say hello.

6 Garston Athol

Te Anau





94 Lumsden



Otago/Southland Tourist Times, November 2019 — Page 19

“Great Food and Affordable accommodation”


Invercargill is New Zealand’s southernmost city and acts as the commercial hub for Southland. Influenced by early European settlers Invercargill is full of grand architecture and gardens. The city is home to many natural and built facilities that make it wonderland base for those wanting to get out and enjoy people, events, walking, heritage, cycling and many more activities that are easily and quickly accessible.




How about getting eye to eye with a great white shark in the safety of a shark cage? Running from January to June, this is your chance to get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures of the sea. City Centre, Invercargill

Situated in the Southern Hemisphere’s largest pyramid, the museum is nestled in Queen’s Park - an NZ Garden of National Significance. Hosting a variety of changing exhibitions, this is also the home of the successful Tuatara breeding programme that has aided the recovery of our most ancient New Zealanders.







How about getting eye to eye with a great white shark in the safety of a shark cage? Running from January to June, this is your chance to get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures of the sea. Tuatara, Southland Museum

A great spot for some shopping for both him and her, this is also the home of the original Indian owned by Burt Munro. E Hayes & Sons holds an extensive collection of Burt Munro memorabilia, photographs, and information about this legendary Southlander.

How about getting eye to eye with a great white shark in the safety of a shark cage? Running from January to June, this is your chance to get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures of the sea. Burt Munro Challenge: November





Invercargill and Bluff have a great array of coastal landscapes for visitors to explore from the long coastal highway of Oreti Beach, to the native wonders of Waituna Wetlands and Omaui, or the boardwalk on the estuary and heritage wharfs.


What started as a hobby is now recognised as one New Zealand’s most iconic craft breweries and is our countries most Southern! The ever changing brews compliment the great platter of foods found throughout Southland.

Bluff Oyster Fesitval: May

How about getting eye to eye with a great white shark in the safety of a shark cage? Running from January to June, this is your chance to get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures of the sea.





How about getting eye to eye with a great white shark in the safety of a shark cage? Running from January to June, this is your chance to get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures of the sea. Stirling Point, Bluff

From Sheep’s milk to sweetbreads, swedes to seaweed, salmon to saison, Southland is not a place to be ‘shellfish’, especially being the home of the world renowned Bluff Oyster. Visit one of the local cafes, delis, restaurants or taverns for a Southern take on some of the finest ingredients in the world.

To plan your own escape visit

STEWART ISLAND   As New Zealand’s third largest island, Stewart Island is well worth taking a few days to explore.   Rakiura National Park covers 85% of the island’s land area providing unique walking, bird watching and flora observing opportunities. Regular ferry services operate from Bluff to Stewart Island or why not fly with Stewart Island Flights? Phone (03) 218 9129.   Accommodation can be arranged through the Invercargill i-Site on (03) 211 0895, or visit   To all visitors, whether from New Zealand or further afield, Stewart Island offers a special experience - a glimpse into a simpler, slower lifestyle, in rhythm with the sea and the tides, attuned to the natural world of bush and beach.   Whether you have come to enjoy the land and seascapes, view the wildlife, walk, boat, fish, dive, kayak, hunt or just relax, a Stewart Island holiday will be an experience that will draw you back here again and again.

5 BLUFF The oldest European town in NZ, continuously settled since 1824 boasts a diverse and raw heritage. As the gateway to the Southern Ocean and Stewart Island, the Stirling Point sign is an iconic photo stop to other corners of the world and the Bluff hill lookout provides mapped views of Southern New Zealand.

At the Southern most point of the South Island lies the port town of Bluff, home of the famous Bluff Oyster and rich in New 1 Zealand history. This is also one of the areas of New Zealand where our European presence became established. Previously CAMPING known as Campbelltown, its name Bluff became official in How about getting eye to eye with a great white shark in the safety of a shark cage? Running 1917 having always been referred to as The Bluff. The first ship from January to June, this is your chance to get known to have entered up close and personal with these fascinating the harbor was the Perseverance in creatures of the sea. early settlers arriving between 1823-1824. Bluff is the 1813, with Queens Park, Invercargill oldest permanent European settlement in New Zealand. Bluff Harbour is also the terminus for the ferry to Stewart Island (Rakiura), which is 60 km south across Foveaux Strait, and is also the main gateway for New Zealand Ships heading to the Antarctic.


Some of the main attractions in Bluff are the Signpost at Stirling Point, this shows the distance and direction to various major cities and locations around the world. The Bluff Maritime Museum is also worth visiting, containing and extensive collection of models, boats, artefacts, displays and a full sized oystering boat called the Monica. There are some great walks to choose from also, taking in the stunning scenery and fresh coastal air. A couple to choose from are the Stirling Point & Foveaux Walkway and also the Bluff Hill which is 824 feet above sea level, which has amazing views of Foveaux strait, Stewart Island and the rest of Southland.






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From Dunedin



Ferry from Bluff (one hour)


Mt Anglem/Hananui Mason Bay



Plane from Invercargill (20 minutes)


From Dunedin

From Queenstown

From Te Anau




6 Diana St, Lumsden, New Zealand, 9730 Phone:03-248 7817




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Halfmoon Bay (Oban)

Stewart Island/Rakiura

Port Pegasus/Pikihatiti

Scheduled daily flights, day trip specials or try the exciting ‘Coast to Coast’ adventure. Contact us now to arrange your visit to natural New Zealand at its best...

Just a 20 minute scenic flight from Invercargill to this tranquil place where time almost stands still…where silence is broken only by the native birds calling in the trees…

Scheduled daily flights, day trip specials or try the exciting ‘Coast to Coast’ adventure.

PO Box 860, Invercargill Ph 03 218 9129, Fax 03 214 4681 Email

Contact us now to arrange your visit to natural New Zealand at its best… PO Box 860, Invercargill Ph 03 218 9129, Fax Airport 03 214 4681 106 Ave,Invercargill Email


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