Golden times are guaranteed during the fine and calm Central Otago autumn. Across the fertile downlands, poplar shelter belts, orchard trees and grape vines turn glorious shades of gold, orange and red and contrast to perfection against the brilliant blue sky and subtle grey hill and mountain backdrop.

The abundant cycle of growth comes to an end as the last of the pipfruit is picked and the harvest of grapes from vineyards completed. As the growth season draws to a close the pace of life slows and it’s time to celebrate the season that’s been.

The temperatures ease back from the summer extremes and you’ll still want to be outside enjoying outdoor activities. But as autumn progresses the days shorten, the first frosts arrive and you’ll start looking for closer-to-home comforts.

Central Otago Autumn (March to May)

Temperature Range: -3°C – 24 °C
Average Monthly Rainfall: 30mm
Sunshine Hours: 150
Monthly Frosts: 11

Things to See and Do

Troop the colours
Take a drive or a walk and salute the autumn colours. There are many walks and drives that showcase the magical shades of autumn.

Bike it
Central Otago is a year round destination for mountain bikers, and especially during late summer and autumn . The Otago Central Rail trail is the region’s best known bike way but there are plenty of other public trails suitable for all ages and stages. The mountain biking opportunities are endless but much of the countryside is privately owned so check public access rights before setting out.

Central Otago Wine
There’s a feast of food and fine wine to try. Central Otago has fast gained a reputation for the growing and production of top notch wine, especially Pinot Noir. Smell the bouquet and get the taste by taking yourself or a guided tour around some of the Bannockburn and Alexandra wineries. Stop off along the way at the many cafes and eateries serving up the flavours of the region.

What’s On!
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Central Otago Towns
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