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Central Otago's Must Do's

What do you love about holidaying in New Zealand? For most of us it’s memories, landscapes, people, experiences and much more.

Central Otago is a place where such memories are made. We have a truly continental climate – four distinct seasons, each with its own beauty. We have landscapes that inspire artists and photographers. We have the best flavours – nurtured by hand, crafted by nature – our wines and fruit are world class. We have some of the world’s best cycling experiences – the Otago Central Rail Trail is just one. In Central Otago you see and experience those moments in time that shaped our country – like the rush for gold, the pastoral settlements and the occasional ‘think big’ scheme like the Clyde Dam and Lake Dunstan.

Central Otago truly is a Must Do holiday destination. Cycling our trails at your pace; indulging in a Central Otago wine in stunning settings; eating summer fruit picked straight from the tree - bursting with flavour; trying the ancient sport of curling; fishing, boating and picnicking on our lakes and rivers; playing golf on varied and un-crowded courses; and camping with the family as it used to be at our friendly holiday parks.

Pick your favourite Central Otago Must Do's – then plan a visit to create your own Central Otago memories. 

Otago Central Rail Trail Central Otago Wine Seasonal Flavours
Otago Central Rail Trail
Ride or walk New Zealand’s first ever rail trail. It will take you on a journey of discovery on its 150km gentle gradient trail from Clyde to Middlemarch.
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Central Otago Wine
Indulge yourself in a premium Central Otago wine at one of the many wineries or cellar doors in the Cromwell and Alexandra basins – sensational!
Seasonal flavours
Sensational summerfruit bursting with flavour, award winning olive oils, succulent merino lamb, quality saffron, preserves and honey all on offer at roadside stalls or farmers market – unforgettable.
Rich Heritage Tee of for Golf
Try the age-old Scottish sporting tradition of curling at the home of New Zealand’s International Curling Rink at Naseby – a year round experience not to be missed.
Rich Heritage
Take a step back in time and explore our rich history, whether it’s exploring the goldfields, museums or quaint townships – feel the sense of timelessness.
Tee off for a
round of Golf

Central Otago’s golf courses are as varied as they are challenging and best of all they’re un-crowded.
Cycle Trails Camping in Central Otago Lake & Rivers
Cycle Trails
Cycle our trails at your pace. Whether you’re looking for an adrenalin-pumping mountain bike adventure or an easy pedal; the region is criss-crossed with options – you choose.
Camping Holidays
The traditional Kiwi camping holiday is still a welcome feature in Central Otago. The climate, lifestyle and friendly holiday parks are perfect for a memorable family holiday.
Lakes and Rivers
Central Otago’s finest lakes and rivers are waiting for you, whether you’re into salmon or trout fishing, active water sports or picnicking by the shoreline.

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