Distinctive central otago Seasons
Literally New Zealand’s most inland region, Central Otago is known for its contrasting, potent seasons and climate.
Central Otago seasons are described as semi-arid and subcontinental with low humidity, harsh winters, hot summers, temperature extremes and clear definition. The low humidity creates crisp, clear skies and, whether you wake up to frosty or a foggy start, there's a high chance that by mid-morning you will be enjoying a bright, brilliant day.
Spring brings an intense time for the farmer and a surge of returned life as the land begins its short metamorphosis from earthy browns to soft greens. Why hide away and miss the distinctive purple carpet of wild thyme maturing over the vast rolling hills and softening of the landscape as blossoms adorn the trees during spring? Explore New Zealand's Central Otago: the roadside is a jumble of summer colours in the wildflower season and the cloudless skies seem bluer than ever in the heat. The intense yellows, oranges and reds of autumn as the season strips the willows, opening up the view and signalling a seasonal change. With the coming of winter, cloud nestles, relaxing in basins and valleys, keeping the day cool for just a little longer. Frozen pipes may delay the washing getting done but what a trade-off to witness a magical hoar frost, hear curling stones 'clink' on an outdoor dam or discover an eerie white landscape as the tones of winter tint the land.
Every season changing, every day unique. These harsh climates produce award-winning wines, the finest wool and intensely flavoured fruits. Central Otago provides some of the best flavours in New Zealand.
To a certain extent, the climate has shaped the character of the people as well as the landscape of Central Otago. One either adjusts and adapts or relocates, but for those who chose to live in Central Otago NZ, like the landscape, the seasons ‘make us who we are’.