Camping in Central Otago

The traditional and quintessential Kiwi camping holiday experience is still a welcome feature in Central Otago. The climate and lifestyle mean that this region truly is one of the prime camping centres in New Zealand. Many families have fond memories of camping holidays over many years and even generations. With long hot summers, clear skies and clean rivers this is the place to visit. 

Whatever type of camping holiday you enjoy – you will be welcomed in Central Otago. In and around urban areas campers enjoy a wide choice of fully serviced camping grounds . There are also a selection of limited facility camp sites in some smaller locations – for example the St Bathan’s Domain in St Bathan’s. 



If in doubt, assume nothing – always ask a local   

Visitors are warmly welcomed in Central and with a wide open countryside there are ample areas to stay. Have a great holiday and we look forward to seeing you again.  

Central Otago Camping Grounds & Holiday Parks

The Holiday Park category includes camping grounds and motor camps usually with built or fixed accommodation such as cabins and tourist flats. All properties provide communal kitchens, toilets, showers and laundries as well as a variety of additional on-site facilities and services. Powered and non-powered sites are provided for tents and campervans.

Department of Conservation Campsites

The Department of Conservation (DoC) provides campsites in many locations throughout New Zealand. The campsites are usually quite basic, offering 'back to nature' style accommodation and facilities. A full list of camp sites in the Otago Area can be found on the DoC website.

Waste Disposal and Dump Stations

You can find a dump station in most campsites throughout Central Otago. If you are not staying at the campsite there may be a small charge for the use of their dump station. However for your convenience some petrol stations and other free public access locations provide dump station facilities as well. For a full list of Central Otago Dump Station locations

Planning
Otago Central Rail Trail
The Otago Central Rail Trail journeys into the region’s heartland. A 150 Kilometre trail between Clyde and Middlemarch ideal for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Explore this recreational passage of discovery, revealing truly breathtaking treasures not readily accessible by any other means and unlike any other in New Zealand. Read More

Clutha Gold Trail
The Clutha Gold Trail is one of the 'Great Rides' of the Nga Haerenga, New Zealand Cycle Trail. The trail is full of variety - from undulating to flat to meandering, there is a journey of discovery around every corner. Read More

Roxburgh Gorge Trail
A spectacular one-day ride through truly iconic country between Alexandra and Roxburgh Dam along the Clutha Mata-au River is a trail worth exploring. Read More

Alexandra/Clyde - Cycling Trails
Nestled in the expansive Manuherikia Valley surrounded by majestic block-mountains is the commercial hub of Alexandra. Experience the drama of its contrasting seasons – blossoms in spring, the fragrance of wild thyme in summer, the golden glows of autumn and the mystical beauty of winter. Read More

Cromwell/Bannockburn - Cycling Trails
Surrounded by treeless mountain ranges and the powerful Clutha and Kawarau Rivers that converge to form Lake Dunstan, is Cromwell; the place to experience its abundance of sun-ripened fruits, award winning wines and rich mining past. Read More

Ranfurly/Naseby - Cycling Trails
This land of vast open space with tor-studded mountain ranges is timeless. Discover remnants of its gold mining past, the heartland of the high country drover, empty roads and sleepy little townships, and Ranfurly – New Zealand’s rural art deco oasis. Read More

Roxburgh - Cycling Trails
Set in the Teviot Valley amongst farmland and a patchwork of orchards, roadside stalls laden with the best of summer fruits is Roxburgh – home to the ‘world famous’ Jimmy’s Pies, stunning vistas and the mighty Clutha River at its best. Read More

Alexandra / Clyde Area
Alexandra is Central Otago's business and political capital. It is situated at the conjunction of two rivers; the Manuherikia and the mighty Clutha. A little further up the Clutha is the historic gold mining township of Clyde and the immense Clyde hydro dam. Explore beautifully preserved historic buildings, or cycle on of many nearby trails, or sample some local Alexandra basin wines. Read More

Cromwell / Bannockburn Area
You can enjoy a world class wine experience at one of the picturesque cellar doors, sample seasonal fruits or shop in the Cromwell Heritage Precinct. Play a round of golf on an uncrowded course, explore intact historic gold mining treasures or jet boat the Kawarau River. Choose a cycle trail from wine, lake or in the Lindis Pass. Relax and unwind at a variety of accommodation to suit everyone. Read More

Ranfurly / Naseby Area
Discover picturesque quaint historic gold mining towns, marvel at the kiwi ingenuity of impressive farming inventions at Hayes Engineering Works and try your hand at the ancient Scottish ice sport of curling all year round. Cycle spectacular sections of the Otago Central Rail Trail, fish the Taieri or Manuherikia Rivers or simply escape, relax and indulge in any one of the boutique or heritage accommodation available. Read More

Roxburgh Area
Taste exquisite summer fruits of cherries, apricots, plums nectarines, peaches, pears, berries and apples at roadside orchard stalls. Fish for salmon on the Clutha River and trout in high country lakes, cycle or walk established scenic walkways along the river - a must is the Commissioners Walk. Nestled in the valley you will find good quality accommodation from which to base yourself. 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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