Community Development

'A dream we dream alone is just a dream. A dream we dream together becomes reality.' - John Lennon


Community development is the process of helping a community strengthen itself and develop towards its full potential.

Throughout Central Otago there are many community groups, organisations, individuals, businesses and government bodies working tirelessly to build thriving communities and a healthy environment while striving to maintain their own sense of uniqueness and identity. 

The following sections provide information on what is important to Central and its various communities.  Resources and tools are also provided to assist current and future community groups and organisations in developing their communities.

Community Planning

Community planning is about obtaining local peoples views on their area. It involves local people identifying what is important for their area, what are the points of difference and creating a vision of the future for that community. From this vision, the community can identify actions to be carried out to achieve it


Grants and Funding

Information about the funding support available for community led projects and initiatives


Resources, Tips and Tools

Here you will find resources, tips and tools that aim to assist both new and existing community groups and organisations throughout Central Otago...


There are many community groups throughout Central Otago working tirelessly on projects that have come from our Community Plans.  Here are just some of the amazing efforts of our community to work towards the collecitve community vision of their special areas           
Community Directory
Community Planning
Community planning is about obtaining local peoples' views on the place that they call home. It involves celebrating the things that make their community special and creating a vision of what the community would like for the future. Read More

Community Funding
There are a range of funds available to assist communities with projects and events that will help Central Otago to maintain and grow its vibrancy as a place to live and visit. 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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