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Otago Museum Stories of the South Guided Tour

Discover the secrets of the surprising south, from its unique wildlife and natural resources to the strong and enterprising people of the land. Hear of the journeys of early Māori sourcing seasonal food supplies or precious pounamu (greenstone), and learn how whaling, gold, agriculture and industries built Otago's prosperity. See the largest collection of articulated moa skeletons in the world, plus New Zealand’s largest fossil, the Shag Point plesiosaur.
Take a close-up look at southern icons – the royal albatross and local penguins, and hear success stories of the saving of the “last” takahē and other unique rare and endangered animals.

Duration 45 minutes
Voucher Mobile ticket
    • Step back in time on a history tour
    • Choice of several departures throughout the day
    • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • What's included :
    • Professional guide
    • Entry/Admission - Otago Museum
    What's excluded :
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Visit: Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin 9016 New Zealand

    The stories of the South are as rich and varied as the stunning landscapes, from lush pasture and tussock-covered hills to the icy heights of the Southern Alps. The way this land is used and valued by the people who call it home has changed dramatically across time.
    From grass to gold, fur seals to flax, clay to coal, discover how the available resources shaped the human stories of southern New Zealand. Follow the lifeways of early Southern Māori journeying through the landscape, and the later waves of immigrants building prosperity from natural resources, industries and agriculture. Journey back through deep time in the region’s fossil record from the tiny fragment of crocodile jaw-bone from Otago’s ‘Everglades’ to New Zealand’s largest fossil, the 7m Shag Point plesiosaur.
    See the world’s largest collection of articulated moa skeletons and the biggest raptor that ever existed, the giant Haast’s eagle. Wonder at the unique and diverse abundance of local wildlife, and hear the conservation success stories of the rediscovery of the “last” takahē.
    Join this tour for these and more inspiring stories of the southern lands and southern people.

  • Departure Point :
    Otago Museum Information Desk
    Return Detail :
    Return to same departure location
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.



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Organised by Otago Museum

Activity ID: V-41188P3

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