Affectionately called ‘Central’ by those that know it well, Central Otago is New Zealand’s most inland region, located in the southern half of the South Island. It’s breathtakingly different with vast undulating landscapes, rugged snow-capped mountains, clear blue rivers, deep gorges and tussock-clad hills. Townships give you the chance to discover space and solitude with a backdrop of unrivalled scenery. All matched with the friendly local hospitality.
Take your taste buds on an outing to one of many Central Otago wineries, sensational restaurants & cafes, or taste seasonal fruits from a local orchard. Experience one of three 'Great Rides' including NZ's Original Great Ride the Otago Central Rail Trail, enter 'Another World' on the Roxburgh Gorge Trail and take yourself on a journey of discovery on the Clutha Gold Trail. Experience the thrill of a four-wheel drive expedition into the mountains; be awed by the viaducts as you cycle the Otago Central Rail Trail; enjoy the solitude of an alpine trek; imagine the back-breaking toil of early gold miners at a heritage site; try your hand at curling, an ancient ice sport; take a lake cruise; and evoke your sensibilities in the art galleries and museums. Discover vivid seasons and rocky, mountainous landscapes; friendly townships; a growing arts culture and well-preserved gold heritage. Whatever you choose to do when you travel to Central Otago - you'll have an unforgettable experience.