Land ActivitiesCentral Otago has impressive mountain ranges, valleys, plains and seasonal weather, which provide opportunities for a diverse range of land activities.It includes mountain biking, trekking, four wheel drive expeditions, cycling or walking the Rail Trail, hunting, playing golf, taking a guided tour to wineries, orchards, heritages sites and more. For a unique experience try your hand at curling at the indoor ice rink at Nasby, or explore a beautiful Central Otago garden.
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|4W Driving |
Venture into Central Otago’s heartland to experience splendid clear blue skies, rugged golden tussock landscapes and spectacular wide-screen mountain vistas on a high-country four-wheel drive safari. Local companies run four-wheel drive trips usually from August to May.
Local companies offer an unforgettable experience on guided mountain bike tours. From the gentle gradients of the Otago Central Rail Trail to the thrills of fast, downhill free mountain biking, you will enjoy it all. Whether you want a fully guided experience or just to hire your bike and equipment, there are businesses to help.
Central Otago’s golf courses are as varied as they are challenging, offering some of New Zealand’s most unique golfing experiences. For a start, they’re about as inland as you can get in this country. They have stunning mountain views and are set amid arid and often rural landscapes. Best of all, they’re uncrowded.
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|Guided Tours |
Join an organised wine tour and experience the delicate pleasures of gently sipping a fine, award-winning Central Otago pinot noir. Whether your interest is horse trekking, gold heritage or Central Otago’s amazing fruit orchards – let local people take you on a journey of discovery. READ MORE
Whether you are looking for the nearest gun club with a rifle range, or a guide to take you into the remote tussock covered hill country, this is where you will find them.
Flourishing country gardens, specialist plant nurseries and tree planted parks are the perfect space for a leisurely stroll. Revitalise your senses; inhale the floral scents of spring and summer and feast your eyes on a riot of Central Otago leaf and bloom.
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The whole family can enjoy the unique sport of curling year round in Central Otago. It’s easy to learn yet challenging to play and is a fun sport for all ages and abilities. Curling is a bit like playing bowls on ice. Heavy (20kg), smooth granite stones are slid across a marked out rink. Two teams of four compete – the object being to get more of your team’s stones closer to the tee than your opponent does
|Winter Activities |
Experience the thrill of the natural ice luge; the joy of ice skating outdoors; and the sense of tradition and challenge that is the ancient Scottish ice sport of curling. It is all here – in Central Otago’s winter wonderland where the fun begins.