On the coast, vast and empty white-sand beaches are home to lolling seals, sea lions and surfers.

Otago looks like nowhere else in the world. A drive through Central Otago takes you past rolling farmland and icy lakes, tussock-strewn landscapes and quaint historical villages.

Its small towns are full of quirks. In Oamaru, residents wander the historical precinct in full Victorian garb, and at Moeraki one of New Zealand’s best restaurants is perched on the edge of a wild coastline, dotted with huge natural boulders.

In Central Otago, you can kayak over a drowned town, carve the ice at a world-renowned ski resort, or hop between wineries tasting New Zealand’s best pinot noir.

And at the heart of it all is the ever-cool Dunedin. With its thriving arts and alternative music scenes, edgy fashion and signature Gothic-revival architecture, it’s hard to hang out here and not feel a pang of envy for the students.

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Glenshee Park in Naseby is home to Eden Hore's exotic 70s Fashion Collection where they have over 220 gowns on display

  • Get your photo taken on a boulder and lunch at Fleur’s Place at Moeraki
  • Watch a live band while drinking a pint of Emerson’s in Dunedin
  • Check out the steampunk sculptures in Oamaru’s heritage precinct
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