Known for its stunny scenery and with snowy mountains towering above crystal-clear lakes typify the Southern Lakes District of Otago, while massive glacier-carved fiords form a spectacular coastline in Fioardland, part of Southland.
Otago is accessed from the north by just three major roads: Haast Pass from the West Coast, Lindis Pass from the Mackenzie Country, and the main State Highway 1 down the east coast.
Cut off from the mainland at Dunedin (South Island second major city, built around the walls of an ancient volcanie crater with lots of impressive historic stone buildings) is the Otago Peninsula. The peninsula is gaining a name as New Zealand's wildlife capital. Nearby are colonies of rare Yellow-eyed penguins, while New Zealand Fur Seals are a common sight.
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