Named among CNN’s 10 most romantic venues in the world to propose marriage, Otago Peninsula is a holiday destination rich in diverse landscapes. As a famed volcanic region in New Zealand Otago is flanked by the Pacific Ocean on one side with a 20km long port. Regarded as a wildlife hub abound with a plethora of intriguing creatures Otago Peninsula is a dream come true for nature loving holidaymakers in search of new discoveries and adventure.
The Royal Albatross Centre is a true icon of Otago Peninsula as the finest of all seabird species is found at this sprawling wildlife sanctuary at the base of Taiaroa Head. Visitors can witness the beauty and habits of the regal seabird at the venue’s Observatory which is a few steps from The Centre. The Penguin Conservation Reserve popularly known as Penguin Place is another point of interest for visitors as the award winning centre is the best place to view yellow eyed penguins in their natural habitat.
Holidaymakers can also spot other treasured wildlife in the region such as seals and sea lions on an hour long cruise that sets off from Weller’s Rock and runs across breathtaking coastal regions and farms to uncover other species of wildlife that are not accessible on land. Panoramic, gravity defying views are also accessible from cliff facades dubbed “Lovers Leap” and “The Chasm” while the summit of Harbour Cone which lies at an altitude of 1000 feet is another lookout point that also encompasses a hiking trail.
History buffs will enjoy a tour of New Zealand’s only castle, which is also located on the peninsula. Constructed as far back as 1871 by William Larnach this iconic structure was built for Larnach’s wife, Eliza. The ancient Edwardian villa dubbed Fletcher House is another historic venue constructed by Sir James Fletcher of Fletcher Construction Company Ltd. Fame in 1909. Open to the public this beautifully restored villa displaying typical Edwardian architectural features is as engaging as Glenfalloch Gardens, a woodland garden which is a concealed valley with sunny weather and idyllic conditions for most of the year.
Littered with art galleries and craft stores the small town centre of Otago Peninsula also boasts quaint cafes and restaurants that serve New Zealand’s finest home grown wine selections.
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