Otago

Otago has a rich and diverse history which features strongly in Dunedin and the region's towns. Otago's picturesque landscapes and friendly hospitality are well known to Kiwis and visitors alike.

Otago's economy is driven from a range of sectors, particularly tourism, manufacturing, horticulture, agriculture and forestry. There is a great deal of history of manufacturing capacity (including heavy manufacturing) in and around the Dunedin area, and a growing reputation across the region for exciting, technologically advanced work.

The Otago region is not without its challenges, including meeting the growing need for more tourism infrastructure in Queenstown.

Otago’s six councils, together with central government, have come together to work on a strategy to propel Otago into the future. We've chipped in with PGF funding to help get the strategy over the line.

Fast facts

  • Population: 224,200
  • Average household income: $95,100
  • GDP per capita: $52,190

Otago facts on the Regional Economic Activity Report

Published: Jun 11, 2019