Welcome to Otago Trails

The province of Otago has a rich cultural heritage ranging from early Maori habitation through the age of the whalers to the early European settlement, the gold rush, the creation of the Victorian city of Dunedin and the development of agriculture and other industries.

There are plenty of varied opportunities for discovering Otago's history.

The rich heritage of nineteenth-century architecture in Dunedin and Oamaru reflects the vision of our pioneers. Inland, many traces of the 1860s Gold Rush remain.

The past remains very much alive also in many other smaller settlements, where strong links with early times have been preserved.

The Otago Trails website, created by the Southern Heritage Trust and in the process of continuous development, offers a number of carefully designed themed trails which will allow you to explore selected aspects of heritage throughout Otago or simply to investigate the heritage of a particular locality.

At present there are some 40 trails on the website, several created by the Southern Heritage Trust, others by local bodies and heritage organisations. For each trail there is a downloadable printable pdf of the published brochure; most also have an introductory page outlining the scope and highlights of the particular trail.

The web address is: www.southernheritage.org.nz/otagotrails/index.html

Some trails are downloadable in their entirety as pdf files. To view these need Adobe Acrobat Reader which can be downloaded free of charge by clicking here.