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. 

Planning
Mountain Bike Trails
Whether you’re looking for an adrenalin-pumping single track descent, a long backcountry journey, or a heli biking adventure then the Central Otago region has an experience to suit your style. Read More

Cycle a Great Ride
Central Otago boasts three of NZ's best trails. Otago Central Rail Trail - the original great ride; Roxburgh Gorge Trail - a unique one-day trail complete with jet boat ride; Clutha Gold Trail - a journey of discovery along the mighty Clutha Mata-au river. Read More

Motorsport Mecca
Be amazed at Highlands in Cromwell. With a world class museum, range of on and off track activities and annual events there is something for everyone whether a car fanatic or not. 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

Arts & Culture
Explore the Central Otago Arts Trail to discover unexpected treasures created by local artisans at their studio or featured at local art galleries. Read More

Tracks & Walks
Enjoy the stunning natural surroundings of Central Otago on foot. Choose from a variety of great walks throughout the region - there's something for everyone. Read More

Curling
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

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

Sensational 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 - Our Regional Identity
Central Otago - Our Regional Identity '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

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
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