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Sitting in the centre of the lower South Island of New Zealand, getting to Central Otago is easy. Located on the main highway route to Queenstown (from the north), Central Otago is also close enough for ready access to major cities such as Christchurch, Dunedin or Invercargill. Take your time - the roads aren’t crowded and it’s easy to get around.

Our population reflects the rural nature of the area. There are dynamic communities with passion and enthusiasm. The wide-open spaces and vistas are a particular source of pride and pleasure to the locals. But the population is not so thinly spread that the main centres do not offer the same infrastructure as a found in other centres of the same size.

Places To Live

The Central Otago community consists of a variety of small towns which offer a wide range of services. Whether it is the bigger townships of Alexandra or Cromwell or the smaller service towns of Roxburgh, Ranfurly, Naseby, Omakau or Clyde, each town has its own unique style and lifestyle.

Climate

Central Otago’s climate is the closest we have in New Zealand to a continental climate. It is a land of extremes being the coldest and driest part of New Zealand. The seasons are sharply defined: summers long hot days; autumns vivid colours; winters freezing nights; springs vivid new growth. 

Recreation

This is a great place to play! Central Otago is renowned for outdoor pursuits from adventure sports to gardening. Such a lifestyle is possible because of the climate, rivers and lakes and mountains. Whether your interest is walking, fishing, golf, mountain biking, or more gentle pursuits such as the arts and heritage trails, it is readily accessible.

Housing

Housing in Central Otago is a mixture of new subdivisions - especially in the main urban areas of Alexandra, Clyde, Cromwell, Ranfurly and Roxburgh - and character homes. Lifestyle blocks are increasingly popular, and a strong building industry serves the demand for new housing. Rental housing ranges from $120 to $300 a week depending on locality and size.

Health

Central Otago has a range of health services. This ranges from local medical centres and resident doctors in each of the major urban areas to Dunstan Hospital at Clyde. Specialists from Dunedin Hospital visit Dunstan Hospital, minimising the need to travel to Dunedin for some services.

Education

Central Otago is well serviced with excellent educational opportunities available through pre school facilities and kindergartens, primary and secondary schools. There is also a branch of the Otago Polytechnic based in Cromwell with a focus on tourism, horticulture and catering.

Community Service

Whilst Central Otago has a smaller permanent population, the majority of services and facilities that would normally be found in a larger town are available in the region. Additional to banks, medical, postal, fuel and retail services, there are many members of our community who contribute to or are involved in providing community services such as St Johns and volunteer fire brigades.

Environment & Sustainability

The people of Central Otago have embraced and advocate waste minimisation and sustainable living practices as a means for our communities to live in harmony with the natural environment. Recycling, waste collection services and transfer stations all operate in the area.

Youth

Central Otago’s climate and relaxed lifestyle provide many opportunities for young people to make the most of every day. Whether cultural activities or sports related there are many diverse opportunities to participate and enjoy life as a young person in this region.

Retirement

Central Otago is a great place to live and play for those who wish to retire or semi retire. It boasts a relaxed pace of life away from the hustle and bustle of city living. There is no rush hour or traffic jams, It is small, friendly and you soon get to know your neighbours and become a familiar face in the community.

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.

Heritage

Central Otago has a very rich heritage based on both its agriculture and gold mining past. Our heritage can be seen throughout Central Otago in many forms and provides us with a strong sense of place and belonging.

Community Directory
Recreation
This is a great place to play! Central Otago is renowned for outdoor pursuits from adventure sports to gardening. Such a lifestyle is possible because of the climate, rivers and lakes and mountains. Whether your interest is walking, fishing, golf, mountain biking, or more gentle pursuits such as the arts and heritage trails, it is readily accessible. Read More

Places to Live
The Central Otago community consists of a variety of small towns which offer a wide range of services. Whether it is the bigger townships of Alexandra or Cromwell or the smaller service towns of Roxburgh, Ranfurly, Naseby, Omakau or Clyde, each town has its own unique style and lifestyle. 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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