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Curling - the Becker Family

The ancient Scottish ice-sport of curling is little known in wider New Zealand. But down in Central Otago where irrigation dams can freeze solid in the harsh winters, it is a tradition. Three generations of curlers are represented at 92 year-old Jim Becker's home on the family's Maniototo high country farm. Jim, his son Peter, and grandson Sean chat amicably, touting one another’s exploits on the ice.

Deidre Copeland - Artist

The dramatic detailed portraits painted by Southland artist Deidre Copeland, are turning heads in Central Otago. Amid the region's distinct and vast mountainous landscapes of harsh climatic extremes, she captures her characters on a grand scale. “That's the thing about Central Otago I can see reflections of the landscape in their faces,” says the bubbly 33 year old.

Rebecca Gilmore - Artist

Central Otago artist Rebecca Gilmore is relaxing at her parents Invercargill home in the bush-clad, bird-filled suburb of Otatara where she grew up. Renown for her fine-detail paintings of New Zealand native birds, she has just finished an exhibition in the city where she took nine commissions and sold one original painting and 21 prints.

Golf in Central Otago

Central Otago’s golf courses are as varied as they are challenging, offering some of New Zealand’s most unique golfing experiences. For a start, they’re about as inland as you can get in this country. They have stunning mountain views and are set amid arid and often rural landscapes in a climate of seasonal extremes, resulting in interesting and unexpected features. Best of all, they’re uncrowded.

David McAtamney - Opera Singer / Farmer

David McAtamney is a third generation New Zealand high country farmer. He grew up amid the mountainous empty landscapes and big skies of Central Otago, where he still lives. As a child his family home was full of music.

Marnie Kelly - Touch Yarns

A rainbow arches promisingly above the Touch Yarns showroom nestled snuggly in the dry earthy landscape near Alexandra in Central Otago. Inside multicoloured skeins lie on shelves, streams of fluffy hanks cascade along display stands and cone upon cone of coloured wool lines a wall unit.
2016 Media Results
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2014 Media Results
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Central Otago Events
Central Otago, New Zealand is a natural arena for events, offering something for everyone, from motorcycle rallies to multisport, horses to history, and festivals for wine, food, blossoms and thyme. Whether participating or just watching, our events have that unique Central difference - it’s a world of difference, where even an event can seem like a holiday! Read More

Central Otago Must Dos
Central Otago truly is a Must Do holiday destination. Cycling our trails at your pace; indulging in a Central Otago wine in stunning settings; eating summer fruit picked straight from the tree - bursting with flavour; trying the ancient sport of curling; fishing, boating and picnicking on our lakes and rivers; playing golf on varied and un-crowded courses; and camping with the family as it used to be at our friendly holiday parks. Read More

Media Results 2015/16
Want to know what media have said about the region and/or keep up to date with recent stories and articles about Central Otago? A selection of the latest results can be found here. 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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