Where to stay in Central Otago

Stay in a luxury lodge with gourmet meals and stunning vistas of snow-dusted mountain ranges, big skies and empty spaces. Or enjoy the comradeship that comes with sharing facilities and yarns with other travellers at a backpacker lodge. When it comes to booking accommodation for your trip to Central Otago, there is also plenty in-between – bed and breakfast, farmstay, homestay, self contained, holiday home, hotel, motel and holiday park.

Central Otago’s commercial centres at Alexandra and Cromwell offer the most plentiful and widest variety of accommodation types. They have a particularly broad range of reasonably priced and higher-end motels and hotels; and budget holiday park and backpacker accommodation.

The small townships spread out across Central Otago have limited accommodation options and they can fill up quickly. Most have at least one hotel. Sometimes these will be restored, historic buildings. Most towns will also offer other Central Otago accommodation types, particularly self-contained and homestay.

Farmstays are likely to be in remote areas, possibly well away from towns. They offer a refuge and a glimpse into New Zealand farm life. Locally raised lamb or beef will almost certainly be on the menu, too.

The people of Central Otago are famous for their generous hospitality and this abounds at places of accommodation. Some accommodation is endorsed by the New Zealand tourism industry’s quality rating system, Qualmark. Others carry the region’s brand; A World of Difference.

Given the unique and historic nature of many of the region’s townships and buildings there is a good chance that wherever you stay, it will be a special, one-off experience.

Accommodation in the Alexandra & Clyde area  

Alexandra is situated at the junction of two rivers, the Manuherikia and the mighty Clutha Mata-au, surrounded by a distinctive 'moonscape' of rocky tors and stark high country. Nearby the historic township of Clyde is a quaint well preserved town nestled at the base of the Clyde dam and close to Lake Dunstan.

The area is a popular base for people riding the Otago Central Rail Trail and the Roxburgh Gorge Trail.  The surrounding area is also home to several wineries and the Earnscleugh area is famous for stone fruit orchards. For a quiet getaway discover some of the older townships situated along the Otago Central Rail Trail; Becks, Chatto Creek, Lauder, Omakau, Ophir or St Bathans all with a range of accommodation options.

Accommodation in the Cromwell & Bannockburn area

Cromwell is located on the shore of Lake Dunstan and is an idyllic location for swimming, fishing, boating and other watersports. Explore the town through a network of cycling and walking trails which take you around the lake to hidden picnic spots, past orchards and vineyards.

Wander through the Cromwell Heritage Precinct and discover artists at work in restored heritage buildings. In summer the local Cromwell Farmers Market is a popular destination for locals and visitors. 

A visit to Cromwell isn't complete without sampling some award winning wines from one of the nearby vineyards in the sub-regions of Bannockburn, Lowburn, Pisa, the Cromwell Basin or Bendigo.

Accommodation is offered to suit all styles from backpackers, to boutique B&B's and up to 4-5 star hotels.

Accommodation in the Ranfurly & Naseby area

Discover the picturesque old gold mining towns of Naseby, St Bathans and Patearoa. Marvel at the restored 1930's art deco architecture of Ranfurly which is the Maniototo's main township and an art deco oasis. In Oturehua visit Hayes Engineering Works and the delightful Gilchrists' General Store.

Active visitors will enjoy riding the Otago Central Rail Trail, mountain biking in Naseby Forest, fishing in the Taieri River, four wheel driving in the Oteake Conservation park, or trying  their hand at curling at Maniototo Curling International.

Accommodation is spread across the area with many small accommodation options servicing riders of the Otago Central Rail Trail.

Accommodation in the Roxburgh & Teviot Valley area

The Teviot Valley and township of Roxburgh lie alongside the Clutha Mata-au River. Settlers arrived in the area in the 1850's and have left behind historic relics and streets named after the Scottish borders. Take the time to explore the Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold Trails, or sample exquisite summerfruits or real fruit icecreams at road side stalls. Go fishing on the Clutha River, or walk some of the trails in the nearby hills.

Visitors can stay in Lake Roxburgh Village, the Roxburgh Township, Millers Flat and Ettrick - some B&B's are located in very close proximity to the Clutha Gold Trail. Make sure to visit Pinders pond which is a local favourite for swimming and picnics.

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Central Otago Regional Brand Partners
Businesses listed on this website who are approved partners of the ‘Central Otago - A World of Difference’ brand are identified by the logo shown within their listing. Every one has agreed to support and enhance our regional values. They are proud to promote and invigorate our distinctive identity and stay true to the regional vision.

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Qualmark is New Zealand tourism's official mark of quality. All accommodation and tourism businesses that carry the Qualmark logo have been independently assessed as professional and trustworthy, so you can book and buy with confidence. Qualmark has a star grading system for accommodation and a quality endorsement system for other tourism businesses.

Backpacker Accommodation
Central Otago backpackers offer budget ‘shared’ accommodation in a hostel, lodge, or ‘hotel’ where the emphasis is on active travelling experience and facilitating cultural and social interaction for like-minded guests. Facilities such as kitchens, bathrooms, lounges and laundries are usually shared, although private and en-suite bathrooms are sometimes available. Read More

Bed & Breakfast
Bed and Breakfast’s in Central Otago provide ‘home-like’ or ‘character’ accommodation. There is an emphasis on the personal interaction between the guest and the host. Breakfast must be included in the tariff. The accommodation may offer meals but these will typically not be included in the nightly tariff. Guests will also have separate facilities to the hosts. Read More

Boutique & Lodges
These properties are often an historic site or landmark. They generally have character and are small and intimate. Breakfast is often included in the tariff. There is an emphasis on the personal interaction between the guest and the host. Many are in more remote waterfront, lakefront, rural or alpine locations. Read More

A ‘cottage’ will often be an additional or spare building on a property that owners choose to make available for visitor accommodation. It is self-contained and provides full kitchen facilities, living space plus separate bedrooms. Bedrooms may have en-suite or shared bathroom facilities. Linen may or may not be supplied. Servicing is generally by arrangement with the owner / manager. Read More

Country Hotels
In Central Otago there are many country hotels that provide accommodation and meals for visitors. They are smaller in scale than a standard hotel, often an historic building and will generally have separate dining room/s, lounge and/or public bars. Accommodation rooms may have an en-suite or a shared bathroom. Meal options can be anything from a-la-carte to bistro. Read More

Holiday Homes
Holiday homes are for single party bookings only. They are self contained, providing fully equipped kitchens, laundry facilities and may offer a range of added facilities such as TV, stereo, BBQ etc. Read More

Holiday Parks
Holiday parks, camping grounds and motor camps usually offer a range of powered and non-powered sites for tents and campervans. Some also feature cabins and tourist flats. All properties provide communal kitchens, toilets, showers and laundries as well as a variety of additional on-site facilities and services. Read More

The Hotel category includes properties with at least one licensed bar and restaurant on the premises or adjacent with charge-back facilities. There is on-site management at all times. All rooms have tea and coffee-making facilities and breakfast is available whether in a restaurant or breakfast room or via room service. Some hotels have conference and banqueting facilities. Read More

Motel units are self-contained providing at least tea and coffee-making facilities and a private or en-suite bathroom and are serviced daily. Often cooking facilities are provided. A studio has one room for both living and sleeping. Other units can have one or more separate bedrooms. All bedding and linens are provided. There is a responsible person constantly in charge on-site. Read More

Serviced Apartments
Apartments are totally self contained providing fully equipped kitchens and laundry facilities. Central Otago apartments are typically serviced every two to three days. Access to the apartment will normally be via a communal or shared access way and guest parking may or may not be available on site. Read More
Our Regional Identity - A World of Difference
Our Regional Identity - A World of Difference '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

Food & Wine
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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