The towns of Central Otago owe their existence to either the Goldrush (Cromwell, Clyde and Alexandra, Roxburgh, Naseby) or Farming (Ranfurly and Omakau). These towns have become the hubs for the surrounding area’s primary output with the servicing of farming and horticulture being the backbone of much of the commercial, retail and industrial sectors in the area.

In line with the national and international trend away from direct primary employment and wealth generation, the towns of Central Otago have become increasing self sufficient, with stand alone industry or tourism generating wealth. Central Otago towns now offer excellent levels of services for places of their size, and while there may be a lack of choice in some areas there are few services that are not available within the district.

Central Otago townships have become attractive destinations for living in their own rights. Building and construction booms have seen Cromwell, Alexandra and Clyde all grow rapidly and led to the building and business services business sectors becoming major drivers for the local economy.

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
Our Regional Identity - A World of Difference
Our Regional Identity - A World of Difference 'A World of Difference' defines what is uniquely Central Otago as a place and a community. Read More

Central Otago NZ - Through Local Eyes
Central Otago NZ - Through Local Eyes Meet some unique and passionate Central Otago locals and be introduced to their favourite places and activities. Read More

Food & Wine
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
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