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

Funding announcements

Note: PGF funding is approved in principle and announced, after which contracts are negotiated. Some funding may depend on completion of business cases. Payments are made once agreed milestones are met. These are set as part of contract negotiations, and differ from project to project.

See more details about announcements on the Beehive's Regional Economic Development page.

Region Programme Organisation Amount Date
Otago Otago Strategic Framework Otago Regional Economic Development Steering Group $ 60,000 19 July 2018
Otago Dunedin Waterfront Project Dunedin City Council $ 820,000 19 July 2018
Otago Dunedin Engineering Hub Farra Engineering $ 200,000 7 September 2018
Otago Waitaki Whitestone Geopark (WWG) Validation business case Waitaki District Council $ 90,000 7 January 2019
Otago CREDS Project Manager Environment Canterbury $ 100,000 7 January 2019