Est. Population: 230,000 | Dunedin Est. Population: 130,000 | Queenstown Lakes District Est. Population: 50,000 | Queenstown Est. Population: 15,000
Otago is New Zealand's second largest region. Dunedin city is the largest main centre of Otago, and Queenstown a tourist mecca known for outdoor adventure activities, with other main areas of the region including Central Otago, Balclutha, Wānaka and Waitaki. There are many other towns in the region other than these mentioned.
Dunedin, at the head of Otago Harbour on the South Island’s southeast coast, is known for its Scottish heritage. Boasting one of New Zealand’s best universities, the city has much to offer, and has a heritage feel to it with a great community.
The wider Otago area has a diverse landscape from rugged coastlines to impressive mountains and alpine lakes. Its beautiful scenery and adventure packed terrain make it a popular destination for local New Zealand and international visitors.
The Queenstown lakes district is stunning. This is a location famous for some of New Zealand’s most beautiful landscapes and is New Zealand’s capital of outdoor adventure. Giant snow-capped mountains surround lake Wakatipu, drawing international visitors to this area in large numbers.
Globally significant multi day walks and ski resorts pair alongside this upmarket destination with a multitude of high-end hotels and accommodation and international cuisine, with cafes and eateries everywhere. Unquestionably, this is one of New Zealand’s premier holiday destinations.
Farming, horticulture, and viticulture are Otago’s main economic drivers and industries related to construction, hydroelectricity, real estate, and light manufacturing are well on the rise. Education, healthcare and tech are strong also and particularly so in Dunedin. Employment opportunities are abundant.
Central Otago has an excellent network of roads and easy access to airports in Queenstown and Dunedin. These connections enable businesses to service national and international clients while opting for the Central Otago lifestyle.