The population of Central Otago is almost representative of the national average in terms of access to telecommunications systems.
The table below is by household.


The exception is the high number of resident households with fax machines. This probably reflects the large number of small, home based businesses, including farms, in Central Otago and the indifferent internet access in large parts of the District.  

Because the good access to the internet shown in the table above doesn’t necessarily imply that there is excellent service in Central Otago. The quality and coverage of broadband is still poor compared to other, more urban, areas of New Zealand.  Improvements are however on the horizon in the form of the Government's ultra-fast broadband (UFB) and Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) projects.  Most of Central Otago is scheduled to receive ultra-fast broadband via the RBI which is being implemented in the District by Vodafone and is expected to be fully rolled out in 2016. Click HERE to check your expected coverage.   

Central Otago welcomes the recent Government announcement of funding to extend the UFB and RBI programmes and to create a new Mobile Black Spot Fund and the invitation to participate with other local authorities in identification of the communities and areas of the country that will be included.  Key documents that relate to these new initiatives include Registrations of Interest - Support, and Digital Enablement Planning.  The Central Otago community is strongly behind its Council in bidding for the district to be included in these new funding opportunities and has contributed ideas for our Digital Enablement Plans via a series of "brainstorming" sessions the outcomes of which are available.  Please contact the Economic Development Manager.

 The Central Otago District Council is a partner with the other local authorities in Otago in the Digital Otago project which is working to ensure the best possible ultra-fast broadband coverage for the Province.  A 2013 - 2016 Otago Digital Strategy has been developed to define a vision to help Otago residents benefit from digital services.   Click here to access the Otago Digital Strategy.

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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