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Central Otago, New Zealand

Central Otago, New ZealandCentral Otago is a very special part of New Zealand. Initially made famous for the golden riches of it's rivers, there are many new treasures in this unique part of New Zealand that have since been discovered.

Situated on the south-eastern boundary of the Southern Alps, the dramatic untouched scenery is breath-taking. Mountain peaks, tussock covered hillsides, flowing rivers and clear blue lakes are just some of the highlights of this much photographed and extremely popular holiday destination.

The sub-alpine climate of Central Otago, with it's long hot summers and crisp cold winters has also seen Central become one of the worlds top producers of stone fruit such as Nectarines, Apricots, Peaches and Cherries. More recently Central has also become recognised as an exceptional wine-growing region. In fact, one of our local vineyards has recently been awarded the prize of "Best Pinot Noir in the world"!

Central Otago, New ZealandThere are many reasons to come to Central. From some of the country's best fishing to its top vineyards, the thrill of mountain biking through remote tussock to the leisurely pleasure of a stroll through mountain orchards. Arts, crafts, fine regional food. Jet boating, gold panning, ice skating outdoors on a clear winter's day. The satisfaction of a relaxed round of golf amidst some of the best scenery you can get. These are just a few of Central Otago's experiences.

Most visitors who come here never want to leave. But they take home treasured memories, and nearly always return. So discover this special place for yourself, and take away a piece of Central Otago in your heart.

For more information on Central Otago, please visit the Tourism Central Otago web site.


Central Otago, New ZealandHelpful Links

  • 100% Pure NZ - The New Zealand Tourism Board Web site.
  • Air Safaris - Take an unforgettable scenic flight into the spectacular Mount Cook and Westland World Heritage Parks
  • Alpine Safari Adventure Tour - A spectacular coach, jetboat, 4 Wheel drive "Unimog" and TranzApine train journey into the New Zealand high country.
  • Alpine Recreation - Offers hiking, climbing and ski touring in the Mount Cook region.
  • Aoraki Naturally - A clothes free homestay in the heart of the Mackenzie.
  • DryFly Action Downunder - Guided fishing adventures for wild rainbow and brown trout on the waterways of New Zealand.
  • - Heliskiing / boarding, ski touring and scenic flights in Lake Tekapo.
  • New Zealand Entry Network - A selection of New Zealand Web sites.
  • New Zealand Tourism Online - A New Zealand travel directory.
  • New Zealand Wedding Services - Destination weddings, weddings abroad and romantic honeymoons in spectacular New Zealand.
  • New Zealand's Information Network - A directory of New Zealand sites.
  • - New Zealand Web Directory and Search Engine.
  • Premier Travel - Look for accessories, magazines, discounted travel, or search through their travel directory before your next vacation.
  • Pacific Tourways- A leading coach and group tour operator with coaches based in Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown.
  • Round Hill Ski Area - A family ski field that has reopened in 2001 and has just installed a Garaventa CTEC T-Bar and learner lift on the existing lift lines.
  • Scenic Pacific New Zealand Tours - 35 spectacular coach tours of New Zealand's finest attractions. Tours depart from Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown.
  • The Wolf Radio Network - Gives rural listeners a voice and coverage by merging together rural and urban New Zealand with a professional “Adult Contempary Alternative” style of music programming.
  • Tourism Cromwell - A helpful look at Cromwell's history and neighbouring activities.

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