Arts, Culture & Heritage

Central Otago is a land of riches - a special place, where nature's most powerful elements combine to create a unique and enchanting environment and the perfect natural canvas from which the many local artists and craftspeople draw their inspirations.

Oils to watercolours, pottery to photography, food to fashion – creativity is a natural phenomenon in this colourful world of difference that is Central Otago. Even the old stone cottages and contemporary buildings are designs borne of the landscape and schist rock.

Art galleries and craft shops can be found in the small towns, revealing the talents of local artists and the opportunity to take home a true piece of Central Otago. The Art Deco town of Ranfurly renews architecture of old and near the tiny township of Naseby you'll find the Museum of Fashion, a collection of couture from the 1960s and 1970s.

Retrace the gold rush through significant collections at the Alexandra and Cromwell Museums, along the Goldfields Heritage Trail and in the many smaller community museums found throughout Central Otago.

But keep exploring and you’ll find an endless supply of heritage and creativity, made in New Zealand… made with pride in Central Otago.

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Arts, Crafts & Galleries
Arts, Crafts and Galleries Unexpected treasures can be found in Central Otago, created by the true identities of the region, the locals. Art galleries and craft shops can be found in the small towns, revealing the talents of local artists and the opportunity to take home a true piece of Central Otago. Read More

Heritage & Musuems
There are many places and way to explore the heritage of Central Otago, from farming, to gold, to fashion and retail. Retrace the gold rush at the Alexandra and Cromwell Museums, and in many smaller community museums found throughout Central Otago. Read More
Central Otago Food & Wine
Central Otago Food & Wine Central Otago is a place of sheer indulgence – whether it’s fine dining, a casual al-fresco lunch or café culture. You will be spoilt for choice when enjoying local fare and award winning wines at the great selection of cafés, restaurants, cellar doors and country pubs. Read More

Central Otago Towns
Central Otago Towns To travel to Central Otago is to journey into New Zealand’s golden heartland. Its many towns and settlements are founded on the pioneering spirit and back-breaking toil of farming run-holders and adventure-seeking gold miners. These places lie nestled amid the grandeur of towering mountain ranges, stunning rocky tors, sweeping plains, valleys, gorges and meandering and mighty rivers. Read More

Cycle Central Otago
Cycle Central Otago The entire region is criss-crossed with smaller cycling and mountain biking trails for the adventurous or the leisure cyclist and there are lengths to suit any time you might have available. Whether you’re looking to take a holiday with the family, a weekend with friends or a romantic escape, cycling in Central Otago offers something different and memorable. Read More
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