The Kawarau Suspension Bridge, Otago Central Rail Trail, Bannockburn Sluicings, and Arrowtown’s Chinese Settlement were amongst the final 12 places chosen as Otago Landmarks sites.
This followed a selection process that saw councils, community organisations and individuals nominate more than 70 places throughout the Otago region.
Kawarau Suspension Bridge
Image: Kathrin and Stefan Marks | Creative Commons
Otago Central Rail Trail
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Image: Becker Fraser Photos ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
Image: Kim Laurenson | Creative Commons
The Director-General of Conservation Lou Sanson says the Landmarks programme provides an awesome opportunity to share our most exceptional heritage with more visitors.
“These are some of New Zealand's most historically and culturally significant landmarks. They each tell compelling stories of our past, and are a great way to discover more about our heritage and how it’s helped shape our kiwi identity.
“Combining culture and heritage with beautiful natural settings will help visitors enjoy more memorable and meaningful experiences, and then share this with others.
“A stronger connection to our heritage sites will also make visitors more likely to want to care for and protect them, which is great from a conservation point of view.
Following today’s official launch at Olveston, site-based celebrations will be held early next year at the other Otago Landmarks.
Landmarks Whenua Tohunga is a joint initiative of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the Department of Conservation and Heritage New Zealand.
The programme was successfully piloted in 2016, involving nine sites in Northland. Otago is the first region to be added as the programme rolls out across the country over coming years.
As the programme expands, Landmarks will make it easier to find out about and connect in a tangible way with significant heritage sites.