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Central Otago is home to some of New Zealand's most passionate and talented Kiwis. We encourage you to contact us about the storylines below, or contact us for even more fascinating story ideas.

Curling - the Becker Family

The ancient Scottish ice-sport of curling is little known in wider New Zealand. But down in Central Otago where irrigation dams can freeze solid in the harsh winters, it is a tradition. Three generations of curlers are represented at 92 year-old Jim Becker's home on the family's Maniototo high country farm. Jim, his son Peter, and grandson Sean chat amicably, touting one another’s exploits on the ice.

Deidre Copeland - Artist

The dramatic detailed portraits painted by Southland artist Deidre Copeland, are turning heads in Central Otago. Amid the region's distinct and vast mountainous landscapes of harsh climatic extremes, she captures her characters on a grand scale. “That's the thing about Central Otago I can see reflections of the landscape in their faces,” says the bubbly 33 year old.

Rebecca Gilmore - Artist

Central Otago artist Rebecca Gilmore is relaxing at her parents Invercargill home in the bush-clad, bird-filled suburb of Otatara where she grew up. Renown for her fine-detail paintings of New Zealand native birds, she has just finished an exhibition in the city where she took nine commissions and sold one original painting and 21 prints.

Golf in Central Otago

Central Otago’s golf courses are as varied as they are challenging, offering some of New Zealand’s most unique golfing experiences. For a start, they’re about as inland as you can get in this country. They have stunning mountain views and are set amid arid and often rural landscapes in a climate of seasonal extremes, resulting in interesting and unexpected features. Best of all, they’re uncrowded.

David McAtamney - Opera Singer / Farmer

David McAtamney is a third generation New Zealand high country farmer. He grew up amid the mountainous empty landscapes and big skies of Central Otago, where he still lives. As a child his family home was full of music.

Marnie Kelly - Touch Yarns

A rainbow arches promisingly above the Touch Yarns showroom nestled snuggly in the dry earthy landscape near Alexandra in Central Otago. Inside multicoloured skeins lie on shelves, streams of fluffy hanks cascade along display stands and cone upon cone of coloured wool lines a wall unit.
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Central Otago Events
Central Otago, New Zealand is a natural arena for events, offering something for everyone, from motorcycle rallies to multisport, horses to history, and festivals for wine, food, blossoms and thyme. Whether participating or just watching, our events have that unique Central difference - it’s a world of difference, where even an event can seem like a holiday! Read More

Marketing Portfolio
Our marketing portfolio outlines the ways in which your business can benefit from focused marketing and be part of the regional Central Otago tourism experience. Read More

Central Otago Must Dos
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. Read More

Brochures & Publications
There is a range of material available to help you plan and celebrate your visit to Central Otago. Order your copy of the Central Otago Visitor Guide, Otago Central Rail Trail Brochure, Central Otago Wine Map, Essence of Central booklet or current Product Directory online today. Read More

Trade Ready Product
Tourism businesses which offer commissionable products and services are coded by the symbol. Please feel free to contact Tourism Central Otago to discuss the types of experiences or products you require for your clients. We actively match your product requests to those businesses and communities that meet your needs – saving you precious time. 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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