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TCO News & Updates

Here you'll find regular news, updates, and event information from Tourism Central Otago

Are you in need of tourism and travel sector updates or want to access up to date information that will help support your business?  

Below you’ll find links to online business tools and advisory sites, plus updates on recent activity undertaken by Tourism Central Otago, and upcoming opportunities relevant to tourism in the Central Otago region.

Central Otago Touring Route
Central Otago District Council has given the green light to the next stage of work required to establish a recognised touring route through Central Otago. Read More

A Dragon's Eye View
Have you seen Tourism New Zealand's footage on "A Dragon's Eye View of New Zealand yet? Just seven locations made the cut, including a clip on Central Otago. Read More

Media - TV3's 'The Cafe'
TCO hosted the presenter and crew from TV3's mid-morning show 'The Cafe' in late October. The three segments featured Cromwell, the Roxburgh Gorge Trail and Clyde and the Otago Central Rail Trail. They have now shown on air and received excellent viewer numbers via social media. Read More

DGiT - Domestic Growth Insight Tool
Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) have launched a free, practical and simple-to-use online tool designed for tourism operators and Regional Tourism Organisations. You'll find a link to DGiT in the TCO Resources section of This area also has links to information from MBIE, including the Regional Tourism Estimates. Read More

TCO, General Manager
Glenys Coughlan has been appointed General Manager Tourism Central Otago (TCO). With a wealth of international, national and regional tourism and marketing experience, Glenys brings a fresh approach to tourism in Central Otago. Read More

Digital Workshops - TripAdvisor
Tourism Central Otago will be running a series of digital workshops focussed on TripAdvisor at the end of the month and start of December. Workshops will be held in Alexandra, Cromwell, Ranfurly and Roxburgh. Read More

‘Through Local Eyes’ – New online promotion from Tourism Central Otago
A new online video project to capture local personalities sharing their knowledge and love of Central Otago has been launched by Tourism Central Otago (TCO). Read More

Alexandra i-SITE refurbishment
After 10 years and over 720,000 visitors the Alexandra i-SITE has been refurbished to better meet the needs of today’s visitors. Come in and check out the new look! Read More

Passports for Sale...
Support our local cycle trails by promoting and selling the offical trail passports. Funds raised through sales are used for maintenance and improvements. Read More

TCO Trade Event Update
TCO and local operators attended several trade events between April and August. These events showcase Central Otago to international and domestic travel trade. Read More

Getting Ready for Visitors from China
If you are interested in hosting visitors from China, there are some valuable short videos available through TCO. Read More

National i-SITE Conference - Cromwell
Central Otago is about to be showcased to 140 key influencers attending the national i-SITE Conference from 21 - 23 September in Cromwell. Read More

Tourism Networking Workshop - 20 Oct
TCO is planning a Tourism Networking Workshop for operators who deal in the booming visitor market. Please send us your expression of interest in attending. Read More

Health & Safety - Working with TNZ
Tourism NZ have implemented a new online check for all businesses with listings on to confirm they are meeting their Health & Safety obligations under the new legislation. Read More

Anne Pullar - a parting word...
On Friday 26 August, Anne Pullar left her role as General Manager, Tourism Central Otago. Anne share's her thoughts about how far Tourism Central Otago has come over the past 12 years. Read More

Digital Masterclass - 15 Sept
TCO will run two workshops on the 15th of September to assist new businesses with registering and creating a listing on The second workshop is for those already registered who want to maximise the opportunities that TNZ can offer. Read More

#summerincentral - Image Gallops home to win.
An action shot from the Omakau races was the viewers’ favourite in Tourism Central Otago’s #summerincentral social media photography competition. Read More

TCO showcases Central Otago at expo
Tourism Central Otago (TCO) has returned recently from exhibiting at the Sport and Lifestyle Expo at New Zealand's largest cycling event, the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. Read More

Epic exposure for Central Otago
Tourism Central Otago (TCO) gained great exposure for the region recently at the Flight Centre Active Travel Cycle Epic​ held near Brisbane in Australia. Read More

TCO partners with Cycle Epic across Tasman
Tourism Central Otago will be flying the flag for cycling in Central Otago at the Flight Centre Active Travel Cycle Epic​ near Brisbane, Australia on 12 and 13 September. 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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