Destination guide

Go forth and explore the great outdoors in Otago

Not all who wander are lost, but you'd be forgiven for wanting to lose yourself in the beauty of Otago. Sitting close to the bottom of South Island in New Zealand, it's a region overflowing with stunning scenery, a robust cultural heritage, and a whole slate of fun options for friends and families. Explore the intellectual and artsy Dunedin, a city of remarkable architecture that pays homage to its Scottish heritage. Whether you want to take the kids on scenic walks along the Otago Central Rail Trail, go snorkeling in Lake Wakatipu, or see modern sculptures in Port Chalmers, Otago vacation rentals are plentiful for a great Kiwi holiday.

Things to do

From history to high jinks, Otago's got it all

Otago's history and culture are as rich and diverse as its scenery. Choose from the Otago vacation rentals in Dunedin, the region's principal city, and spend a few hours in the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and the Otago Museum, where you can learn about the interesting history of the Maori people and notable events like the Otago Gold Rush. Both the young ones and the young-once will enjoy the National Transport and Toy Museum in Wanaka, where the exhibits range from classic Star Wars and Barbie toys to vintage British and European cars. And for a day of family-friendly fun, visit the Skyline amusement park in Queenstown.


Revel in relaxing days of wine tastings and rose garden strolls

Looking to please your palate? Then the vineyards and wineries of Central Otago are where you need to go. Most of them offer tours and tastings, providing a chance for you to enjoy the region's award-winning Chardonnay, Merlot, and Riesling wines. If you're a gardener or you simply appreciate flowers, the spectacular rose shows in Dunedin and in other cities throughout the country won't fail to delight. And for a breathtaking bird's eye view of the magnificent glaciers and seawater-flooded valleys of the Southern Alps, you can't go wrong with a guided helicopter tour.


Rain or shine, Otago's surely the place to go

A visit to Otago might let you experience some of the country's highest and lowest temperatures. Summer, from December to January, are hot and dry in Central Otago, with temperatures that can exceed 98 degrees. Winters, on the other hand, can be extremely cold, averaging about 8 degrees. New Zealand's coldest winter was recorded in the township of Ranfurly in January 1903: a bone-chilling -14.08 degrees. Rainfall is infrequent here, making it one of New Zealand's driest regions. Otago's coastal areas are mild and temperate in summer, and cool in winter.

Natural features

Heaven is a place on earth—and it's called Otago

Many scenes in the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" movies were filmed in Otago and elsewhere in New Zealand, a slice of paradise that hardly requires movie magic. The region boasts some of the most unbelievably beautiful natural attractions in the world, from the Catlins sea coast with its fur seals, whales, and dolphins, to the farmlands of North Otago and the mountain ski fields of Queenstown. Otago vacation rentals are the ideal base for viewing the wonders of Mount Aspiring National Park, the rare wildlife in the Orokoniu Ecosanctuary, and the albatross colony at Taiaroa Head Nature Reserve.

How many vacation rentals are available around Otago, NZ?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 1,663 vacation rentals around Otago. From 1,032 house rentals to 347 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a mountain-view property in Otago?

Crisp fresh air, postcard-worthy vistas and plenty of time in natural surrounds. If you're eager to recharge and refresh, a few nights in the mountains is exactly what the doctor ordered. Vrbo has 394 mountain rental options available. Searching for a different setting? See if any of our other properties tick your boxes. Our range here includes:

  • 226 lake-view vacation rentals.
  • 108 water-view vacation rentals.
  • 82 rural vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Otago?

Our house vacation rentals are real properties for real travelers. Offering plenty of space to spread out, they're perfect for those who want to experience life like a local. There are 1,203 options currently listed on Vrbo. Prices start from $47 a night. If that doesn't agree with your crew's style, we've got a number of other rental options to select from, such as:

  • Apartment: 425 vacation homes. Prices start from $75 per night.
  • Cottage: 89 vacation homes. Prices start from $53 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 85 vacation homes. Prices start from $72 per night.

Can I stay in Otago in a large group?

There's nothing quite like reuniting with your old friends or spending a couple of weeks with your beloved relatives in a sensational new destination. And the best thing, Vrbo has options big enough for the whole crew. Currently, house vacation homes are the hottest thing for big groups of travelers here, and you'll find 361 listed on our database. Rental properties in the area that are suitable for large groups include:

  • If yours is a crew of 6, we've got 530 vacation homes perfect for that size. Book a night for as little as $47.
  • After somewhere for 8 people? We have 348 that will suit. Prices start from $54 a night.
  • Planning a trip away with a group of 10? We have 121 vacation homes that will be perfect. Prices start from $87 per night.

So never fear! When you book with us you can bring along your uncle, your brother and all your besties to Otago.

Where are the cheapest rentals in Otago?

Those cramped hotel rooms are no place to spend those precious vacation moments! Discover our value-packed rentals today and ensure everyone in your crew has room to spread out. When it comes to getting your hands on a fantastic deal, the first place you look should be Dunedin. Here, Vrbo has 130 rentals at an average price of $106 a night. Another 34 Vrbo rentals are available in or around Alexandra. With an average price of $113 per night, you're sure to grab a deal worth bragging about.

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