Heritage and history in Otago Region

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Tohu Whenua: Otago Central Rail Trail

Big spaces, big-hearted people and wild, wide skies. Those are just some of the features that define Aotearoa’s original Great Ride, the Otago Central Rail Trail. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Olveston

Located in a leafy inner city suburb just a stone’s throw from the heart of Dunedin, Olveston is one of New Zealand’s most opulent heritage homes to visit. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Larnach Castle

Situated majestically on the jaw-droppingly scenic Otago Peninsula near Dunedin city, Larnach Castle has it all: spectacular views, sumptuous architecture and scandalous stories. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Historic Ōamaru

Historic Ōamaru is home to New Zealand’s most complete streetscape of Victorian commercial buildings.  Read the story . . . 

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13 intriguing museums to visit around New Zealand this winter

Escape the cold and learn more about New Zealand’s history on a visit to one of these fascinating museums around New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead

If you’re a fan of Kiwi ingenuity, rural inventions and workshops crammed with heritage machinery, then Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead in Otago is the place for you.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Dunedin Railway Station

Dunedin’s city centre has heritage buildings at almost every turn, and the grandest of them all is the Dunedin Railway Station.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Totara Estate

Totara Estate is probably the most important farm in the history of Aotearoa. It was from here that the first shipment of frozen mutton was sent to England in 1882, marking the start of an export industry that has underpinned our nation’s economic prosperity. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Bannockburn Sluicings

Located a short drive from Cromwell, the sculpted clay cliffs and pinnacles at Bannockburn Sluicings are the result of a five-decade-long gold mining era that began in the 1860s. Read the story . . . 

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15 intriguing things to discover in Otago's Waitaki District

Stretching inland from the North Otago coastline, the Waitaki District is rich in heritage and internationally significant geology. From Victorian architecture to fresh seafood, hot tubs, cycle trails and cheese, we’ve picked 15 unique things to discover.  Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Which six Kiwi Gems can you discover on the Southern Scenic road trip?

Have you heard of these six Kiwi Gems that you can find on the Southern Scenic Route road trip between Queenstown and Dunedin?  Read the story . . . 

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Go back in time in Ōamaru's Victorian Precinct

The most remarkable aspect of Ōamaru is the whitestone heritage architecture, forged from local limestone in the Victorian era and still standing today. Read the story . . . 

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Discover the scandalous stories of Larnach Castle

With a combination of lavish Victorian architecture and the tragic stories of its founders, Larnach Castle is rich in history. Read the story . . . 

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Spot penguins, seals and one of New Zealand’s oldest lighthouses at Nugget Point

A historic lighthouse on a rocky peninsula surrounded by the wild Pacific Ocean: it doesn’t get much more iconic than Nugget Point. Read the story . . . 

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Dunedin city: islands in the flow

For every bitterly cold Dunedin day, there is another one, bright and blue, in which the harbour’s beauty will take your breath away and you wish to be nowhere else on earth. Read the story . . . 

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