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
The Otago Central Rail Trail journeys into the region’s heartland. A 150 Kilometre trail between Clyde and Middlemarch ideal for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Explore this recreational passage of discovery, revealing truly breathtaking treasures not readily accessible by any other means and unlike any other in New Zealand. Read More

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. Read More

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! Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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. 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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