Central Otago, New Zealand
Central Otago is a truly amazing area of New Zealand, with a powerful landscape of inland mountains and a semi-continental climate. Here you will find lush vineyards, vast orchards, a rich gold mining heritage and friendly locals.
The surrounding mountain ranges, the Clutha River and the flat plateau of the Maniototo provide a range of outdoor activities, including fishing, kayaking, hiking, four wheel driving, mountain biking and horse trekking.
The Otago Central Rail Trail is a popular tourist attraction, along with the Clutha River, Old Cromwell Town, wineries, orchards and much more.
Places to visit in Central Otago include the small towns of Alexandra, Arrowtown, Bannockburn, Clyde, Cromwell, Naseby, Omakau, Ranfurly, Roxburgh and St Bathans. Queenstown and Wanaka are two four-season resort towns, world famous for their skiing and adventure activities. Omakau Accommodation is well situated for day trips to these towns.
Wineries & Wine Tours
Ringed by mountains and interlaced with lakes and deep river gorges, Central Otago is the world’s most southern wine region.
Central Otago enjoys a unique climate with rich soil, ideally suited to Pinot Noir and a variety of white wines such as Riesling, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.
Visit a winery, take a wine tour or indulge in wine tastings. Wine tours are a popular local activity.
Orchards & Fruit Picking
The fertile lands of Central Otago are home to a wide range of delicious summer fruits, berries, honey and much more.
Fruit grown in Central Otago include cherries, apricots, apples, peaches, plums, nectarines, and more.
Visit an orchard and purchase some delicious fresh fruit, take a tour of the orchard, or go “fruit picking” and pick the fruit straight from the tree/bush yourself!
Ice Curling, Ice Skating & Ice Luging
The coming of winter brings promise of frosts, snow, and frozen ponds and dams. Ice curling, played by Scottish miners, has long been a winter favourite of the locals. Now with the recent addition of the Naseby Indoor Curling Rink, visitors and locals can play the Scottish game, no matter the weather.
However, the Naseby Alpine Park is much more than just a place for playing ice curling. You can also play ice hockey, ice skating and luging. In winter months, there is a 360 metre long ice luge where visitors can reach speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour!
For business travellers, the Naseby Alpine Park provides facilities for functions, team building activities and more.
Arts & Culture
Explore the colourful past and creative community of the Central Otago region.
For artists, the beautiful landscapes, stark contrasts and crystal clear days creates a perfect environment for a range of artwork, including paintings, drawings, films and more. For the art lover, there are art galleries and shops showcasing amazing local talent, and museums with displays that highlight people, places and events that have shaped the Central Otago region.