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Spring is the season of new beginnings and celebration in Central Otago!

Rising temperatures and blustery winds melt away the remnants of winter, warm the soil and bring on a flush of new growth across the countryside. A patchwork of pink, white and green cloaks the fertile valley floors as orchards of fruit trees burst forth, and the sombre grey hills come alive with pockets of soft green and purple. The occasional frost still strikes and frost sprinklers and ice-encased blossom buds are a typical springtime sight on orchards along with lambs and calves on surrounding farm land.

The growth cycle is once again in action and it’s time to shed most of your winter woollies and break free! Smell the blossom, smell the thyme and recharge in the gentle spring sunshine along with everyone else. The Alexandra Blossom Festival is a long-held community-wide celebration of Spring but you can honour in your own way every day this season of glorious growth.

Central Otago Spring (September to November)

Temperature Range: -3 to 20°C
Average Monthly Rainfall: 28mm
Frost Days: 10
Sunshine Hours: 227

Things to See and Do

Go fishing
Central Otago has a fantastic choice of fisheries for anglers of all abilities from the swift and mighty Clutha River and the vast Lake Dunstan to remote high country dams and easily accessed family-friendly dams and streams. To find out more on Central Otago fishing CLICK HERE

Art, Craft and more

The Central Otago landscape inspires the creative talents of many. Take a spring drive on the Maniototo Plains and view for yourself the big sky and rolling brown tussock landscapes captured on canvas by Grahame Sydney and in words by poet/author Brian Turner, or take an arts and crafts tour of discovery.

Heritage and History
Get the inside story on the history and heritage of the region. Visit one of the many local museums, information centres, historic sites and townships and find out about the people, places and industry that have shaped the past and present.

What’s On!

Alexandra Blossom Festival
Thyme Festival
Wool On Awards
Wildflowers in the Central Otago spring
Kayaking in the Central Otago spring

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