Otago offers one a typical South Island lifestyle – away from the crowds of the North Island, yet offering the same luxuries and opportunities. Otago features beautiful scenery, with vast plains, sprawling mountains, and numerous rivers and beaches; it is with good reason that Dunedin – one of the most important cities of Otago – has been christened the “Edinburgh of the South”. Otago, particularly Dunedin, offers access to a variety of activities, such as skiing, sailing, windsurfing, and so on. The architectural scenery, strongly inspired by the Scottish, means that Dunedin has the largest concentration of Victorian and Edwardian structures in New Zealand.
However, it is not merely a place for sightseeing; Otago offers a number of work and education opportunities, making it a desirable location for settlement. In fact, education is the driving force of Otago’s economy. Otago University is among the most renowned universities globally, attracting students from around the world; the university is home to NZ’s most prestigious medical school. The region also boasts a number of primary and secondary schools with commendable educational facilities.
The economy also benefits tremendously from forestry and farming, both of which are widespread across Otago, owing to the vast reserves of natural resources. Among these, agriculture, horticulture, and viticulture stand out particularly. Tourism is also an important driver in the region, opening up several job opportunities within the sector. Otago offers many lucrative job opportunities for those interested in long-term settlement; in fact, in 2013, Otago had New Zealand’s second lowest rate of unemployment.