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5 hour 30 minutes to Alexandra from Christchurch Airport

Central Otago

New Zealand’s most inland region, with a landscape dominated by rugged mountains, lakes, deep river gorges and tussock-clad hills, Central Otago is rich in pioneering history.

Explore picturesque gold mining towns, celebrate the work of talented artists, enjoy Central Otago wines and award winning restaurants, pick your own fruit, explore NZ’s high country, play a round of golf or make time to connect with a team of Alaskan Malamute dogs.

Discover vivid seasons and rocky, mountainous landscapes; friendly townships; a growing arts culture and well-preserved gold heritage.

  • Cycle the Otago Central Rail Trail (NZ’s #1 Cycle Trail 2016), Roxburgh Gorge or Clutha Gold Trail.
  • Visit local wineries and cellar doors to taste Central Otago’s world-renowned wines.
  • Try go-karting or experience the thrill of a High Speed Taxi.
  • Try your hand at Curling on an indoor rink open all-year round.
  • Discover Central Otago’s goldmining heritage either by air, land or water on a helicopter, 4WD, river cruise or a jetboat – your choice!

Central Otago seasons


Spring - Sept to Nov
-30 - 200

A patchwork of pink, white and green cloaks the valley floors as orchards of fruit trees blossom and vineyards reawaken. The hills come alive with purple thyme. Celebrate
the warming days by getting out and cycling the Otago Central Rail Trail.


Summer - Dec to Feb
100 - 300

Big blue skies, parched brown hills, the shimmer of sun, and trees laden with apricots and cherries. Enjoy the simple pleasures of camping and alfresco living, cool off in a lake
or recline under a tree during the long daylight hours.


Autumn - Mar to May
-30 - 240)

Harvest ends with a feast of food and wine to try and glorious shades of gold, orange and red against the brilliant blue sky and mountain backdrop. Enjoy a riverside trail by foot or cycle. Indulge in a premium Central Otago wine at wineries overlooking the world’s best
pinot noir vines.


Winter - Jun to Aug
-80 - 150

Winters are bracing, crisp and cold, but the sun shines and there’s little rain. Have a go at
the ancient sport of curling, relax by the fire in a country pub, or visit talented artists on
the Central Otago arts trail.

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