Age and Gender

In the 2006 census the median age of the Central Otago population was 43 years. This compared to the national average age of 35 years.  The median figure for the 2013 census has not yet been released but 2013 population age data in the table below shows that Central Otago is under represented in all age classes less than 45-49 years and over represented in all older age classes. 


The gap in 20 – 39 year olds has been called the demographic valley. While it is a national trend, and reflects the large number of younger New Zealanders currently overseas, the trend is even starker in Central Otago, where it is perceived that there are fewer education and career opportunities as well as lifestyle attractions for younger people. Other issues such as housing affordability may also make Central Otago less appealing for some.

Unlike the total population of New Zealand the population of Central Otago is split almost exactly 50/50 between men and women. Nationally there are more women than men. The even split is possibly a provincial New Zealand phenomenon as more of the available work is in industries, such as agriculture or construction, that are traditionally male dominated than for New Zealand as a whole, and larger cities in particular.
Business Directory
Business Groups & Organisations
There are a range of business groups and organisations in Central Otago for networking, advice and business support. Find out details of when and where they meet and how you can contact them. Read More

Economic Development Strategy
The Economic Development strategy’s key purpose is to help the Central Otago community focus on issues that impact on our economic and social well-being, and to suggest some of the actions we can take over the next few years to address them. 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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