Central Otago or "Central" as it is commonly referred to is
a region dominated by its stunning wide open landscapes. Central Otago
is is a place of extraordinary contrasts - clear blue sky over golden
landscapes and 30degs plus summers and freezing winter temperatures.
Another feature of Central Otago is the solitude of the area. With a
small population and large wide open areas it is very easy to find somewhere
to get away from the noise of city living and to relax.
Central Otago's history to dominated by its gold mining past. Mines,
water channels, machinery, stone cottages, and other relics from the gold
rush of the 1860s can be easily discovered.
Today Central Otago is one of the fastest growing wine
regions in New Zealand. The unique location (most southern wine growing
region in the World), climate and soils of Central Otago have resulted
in some stunning Pinot Noir being produced in Central Otago.
Central Otago has five main area Cromwell, Alexandra, Manuherikia, Roxburgh
and Maniototo. Each area has it own special characteristics and attractions.
There is broad range of accommodation
in Central Otago for all budgets. Central Otago is an ideal
family holiday destination, as well as an opportunity to see the country
at its most splendid.
Places not to miss!
- Cromwell is located in the valley of the Upper Clutha, deep in the heart of the dry interior of Central Otago . . . in a landscape of bare brown hills, of tussock and briar, of purple thyme and tors of schist, of broad basins and fertile valleys, of Lake Dunstan's pristine waters and of gorges carved by two great rivers.