Retail & Services

The towns of Central Otago owe their existence to either the Goldrush (Cromwell, Clyde and Alexandra, Roxburgh, Naseby) or farming (Ranfurly and Omakau). These towns have become hubs for the surrounding areas' primary output with the servicing of farming and horticulture being the backbone of much of the commercial, retail and industrial activity.

Rapidly evolving global consumer trends and structural changes to local retail businesses are impacting Central Otago's towns as they are small communities all across the country.  Technologically literate, well informed consumers can easily access product information from the web and purchase on-line.  For local retailers this new paradigm presents both significant challenges but also opportunities if they are able to find ways to modify their business models.  

Central Otago townships are attractive living destinations.  Alexandra and Cromwell in particularly have seen significant growth on the back of the rapidly increasing retired cohort of the district population and also the labour demands of a booming district economy. 

Business Directory
Business Groups & Organisations
There are a range of business groups and organisations in Central Otago for networking, advice and business support. Find out details of when and where they meet and how you can contact them. Read More

Economic Development Strategy
The Economic Development strategy’s key purpose is to help the Central Otago community focus on issues that impact on our economic and social well-being, and to suggest some of the actions we can take over the next few years to address them. 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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