Six more awesome Otago things to celebrate this Anniversary Day

Otago Anniversary celebrates the official establishment of Otago’s provincial government on 23 March 1852. The date also marks the beginning of Otago’s systematic colonisation after the arrival of the John Wickliffe ship four years prior.

The diverse history of Otago is something we’re incredibly proud of and take every opportunity to celebrate: it laid a remarkably strong foundation from which the region has progressed, thrived and developed for 165 years.

And now, in 2017, there are many things happening in Otago that make it one of the most exciting regions in the country.

So here are six more reasons you should crack open a bottle of wine (Central Otago Pinot Noir, naturally) on 23 March.

  1. Otago University is recognised as world-leading

Otago students

As Otago University celebrates its 147th anniversary, it’s also been recognised as a world-leading institute.

In the QS World University Rankings by Subject, Otago ranked among the top 50 institutions in the world in five subject areas and, notably, it was ranked 7th for the study of Sport and sport-related disciplines — the highest ranking achieved by any NZ university for any subject this year.

As Harcourts Otago CEO Kelvin Collin puts it, the success of our many educational institutions brings young, motivated people to the region and is making Dunedin in particular a world-renowned hub of innovation and creativity.

  1. It’s the 50th anniversary of The Otago Peninsula Trust

Otago penguins

The Otago Peninsula Trust this year celebrates its 50th anniversary as the first charitable conservation trust in NZ.

Home to native colonies of yellow-eyed penguins, little blue penguins, fur seals and royal albatross, the Peninsula is one of the most diverse and interesting wildlife regions in the country, and the Trust has spent decades carefully preserving the environment.

  1. Sustained economic growth across the region

Dunedin Otago

Dunedin, Queenstown-Lakes and Central Otago all reported huge job growth in 2016. Dunedin created 575 new jobs last financial year — its biggest job boom in a decade that looks set to continue.

Queenstown Lakes’ job growth soared almost four times more than the national rate in 2016, making it the country’s top-performing region, while Central Otago placed 10th in the most top-performing territorial authorities with 3.9 per cent growth.

  1. The Lakes Region recognised again as a worldwide tourism destination

otago queenstown

Queenstown maintained its place at the top of everyone’s must-visit list as it was named one of the 50 Best Places to Travel in 2017 by prominent magazine Travel + Leisure.

But it’s not just internationals who love the adventure destination: it’s the most enquired-about holiday resort for Kiwis, too.

Wanaka, meanwhile, hosted the kiwi wedding of the decade and welcomed A-listers from all over the world, with its unique beauty and laid-back luxury setting it apart for visitors.

  1. The government’s pledge for ultrafast broadband

home office

This year the government announced its pledge to extend ultrafast broadband connections to more than 36,000 Otago residents in a $30 million network expansion.

Alexandra, Clyde, Cromwell, Roxburgh, Wanaka and Arrowtown are all on the list with installation planned to begin in 2018.

This expansion will hugely improve working and living options for residents and allow more people to work from our desirable part of the country.

  1. More great rugby

Otago-rugby

We can’t wait for the 2017 Mitre 10 Cup Championship to kick off — we’re a main sponsor of Otago Rugby again this year and fully expect them to finish the season victorious.

There’s also the exciting British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand in winter. Their match against the Highlanders in Dunedin on 13 June will undoubtedly be a fiercely-fought and highly entertaining match-up.

We’re proud to be the dominant real estate brand across Otago with offices in six major centres. We value the history of the region, love discovering new Otago properties every day and hugely enjoy meeting the people who live here.

Have we missed anything? Let us know on Facebook if you can think of more modern-day reasons to celebrate Otago this anniversary day.

Happy Otago Anniversary!