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Bannockburn is an historic old gold town in Central Otago, known better now for the brilliant Pinot’s produced by its many local winemakers. Called ‘The Heart of the Desert’ the small community nestles in hills overlooking the magnificent Kawarau River where it flows into the upper reaches of the Clyde Dam. Surrounded by often snow clad peaks Bannockburn is ideally situated to offer some of the very best road and off road riding in the world.
Bike Week will give you the opportunity to get into places on your adventure bike that you will never forget or to take part in road rides through spectacular Southern landscapes on the emptiest highways in the country.
When: The fourth annual Bike Week is scheduled to run between Saturday January 31st and Friday February 6th 2015. It is followed by the Vincent County Rally (6-8 Feb) at Alexandra hosted by BRONZ Otago. This allows those fortunate enough to take the time to attend two top South Island rally events in just ten days.
Where: Base Camp will be the famous old Bannockburn Hotel.
Mountain Bikers of Alexandra presents - Dusk Till Dawn
A new 12 hour mountain bike race in Central Otago.
For more information visit the website.
Waitangi Weekend will see the sounds of ukeleles echo through Manuherikia valley with the first ever Lauder Ukelele Festival.
A variety of workshops and performances will be held over the 4 day festival. For full details visit the event 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 email@example.com 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.