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Rustic Run - 5.27km laps around the Goldfields Mining Centre - Team relay to complete a trail half marathon. (Yes you can do it as a team of one!) A great, fun, entry level event to trail and mountain running.
Also based from the Goldfields Mining Centre is the Mt Difficulty Ascent - A half or full mountain marathon - an absolute mission of a mountain 'run'. Start off with a very steep scramble, make your way across the snowy tops, then back down the long gentle down hill.
Four laps of the course either as an individual or a team competes the standard 40km race. There are also plenty of other categories from kids to adults…. Keep watching!
CROSS COUNTRY RUN
New to the event this year we have added a 10km cross country run. After last year everyone was commenting on how beautiful the scenery is, and since it is on private land was there any chance that we could do a run for people who aren’t into biking? Quest Farm has agreed to share a bit more of their slice of paradise so we could add a 10km run.
Once riders/runners have completed their event, it is a case of sitting back and enjoying watching the other riders/runners, enjoying the scenery, and sampling the various food and wine tasting options as the event builds up to the final prize giving ceremony.
The Central Otago town of Alexandra shines in spring weather with blossom-lined streets and orchards in full bloom.
The Alexandra Blossom Festival is three weeks of fun and entertainment with events like the Race Around the Clock — adrenalin-charged competitors run, swim, kayak, ride horses or pedal mountain bikes to conquer the steep terrain and icy river which makes up the course to Alexandra’s unique, illuminated clock on the hill.
The festival includes other local highlights such as The Grand Procession — complete with strikingly decorated floats and Float Princesses who each vie for the title of Festival Queen and the Mardi Gras, Party in the Park, "Thunder" Sunday (drag racing), Garden Tours and the Wool On Fashion Event (a fashion and design competition that encourages the creative use of the high quality wool produced in Central Otago.)
Many other associated events, activities and exhibits take place around Alexandra during the Festival, so gather your friends and family together and be part of this wonderful spring celebration.
WoolOn is the gala event of the Alexandra Blossom Festival-a celebration of creativity and design that is held over two nights October.
New Zealand and international designers compete for the supreme award presented at a gala fashion and entertainment showcase that celebrates wool as a fashion fabric. The Dunstan High school gymnasium is transformed into top class venue where guests are entertained and enthralled with exciting designs in a variety of classes. From felted accessories to glamorous gowns, models parade the examples of designers whose flair and passion for fashion are one of the highlights of the Festival.
2014 dates - Friday 10th and Saturday 11th October 2014.
Entry Details are available on the Blossom Festival Website
The draft strategy ‘Towards Better Outcomes for Central Otago’ is now available and the Central Otago Tourism Working Group is asking for feedback from you.
The strategy has been developed based on outcomes from a tourism operator surveys, inbound operator surveys as well as focus group workshops held in 2013.
If you have any comments on what is proposed in the strategy or would like to add or delete anything from the draft document please complete the submission form at the rear of the document.
The Working Group would also like to know whether you think the priorities (as set out in the Recommendations on page 5) for growing and developing tourism within Central Otago are accurate.
The last page of the document contains a submission form.
All submissions received will be considered by the Central Otago Tourism Working Group for inclusion in the final ‘Towards Better Tourism Outcomes for Central Otago’ report.
Your submission can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted, or dropped off at any Council office.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 11th July 2014.
We look forward to hearing from you.
View the Draft Tourism Strategy - Towards Better Outcomes for Central Otago (PDF)
Discover vivid seasons and rocky, mountainous landscapes; friendly townships; a well-preserved gold heritage; award-winning wineries, recreational opportunities from fishing, mountain biking and the Central Otago Rail Trail to winter sports like curling and ice skating; and so much more...
The relaxed pace, unrivalled scenery of Central Otago, seasonal weather, space, solitude and wide range of recreational opportunities go hand-in-hand with quality housing, facilities and organisations, commercial centres, and communities that value their lifestyles and plan for the future.
Central Otago's lively, growing and diverse economy welcomes skilled people and new businesses; and it supports the excellence of existing commercial sectors such as film, food, gold mining, agriculture, horticulture, power generation, viticulture, tourism, services and retail.