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Central Otago, with its climate and access to recreational and cultural facilities, is a great place to live and play for those who wish to retire or semi-retire. The region is still a relatively affordable place to retire to and offers a wide variety of community groups, activities, clubs and societies to get involved with.

Good health and support services enable residents to maintain their standard of living and independence in their own homes.

Central Otago boasts a relaxed pace of life away from the hustle and bustle of city living. There is no rush hour or traffic jams.  Our communities are small and friendly and you soon get to know your neighbours and become a familiar face in the community.

Community Directory
This is a great place to play! Central Otago is renowned for outdoor pursuits from adventure sports to gardening. Such a lifestyle is possible because of the climate, rivers and lakes and mountains. Whether your interest is walking, fishing, golf, mountain biking, or more gentle pursuits such as the arts and heritage trails, it is readily accessible. Read More

Places to Live
The Central Otago community consists of a variety of small towns which offer a wide range of services. Whether it is the bigger townships of Alexandra or Cromwell or the smaller service towns of Roxburgh, Ranfurly, Naseby, Omakau or Clyde, each town has its own unique style and lifestyle. 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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