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Often referred to as the golden country, because of the gold mining history, and the regions autumn colours, Otago has a rather extreme climate, with hot summers and cold winter months.

For awe-inspiring scenery, rich history and unlimited outdoor activities, this is a region not to be missed.

Experience true solitude and get close to nature in an inspiring and timeless land. First time visitors are silenced and energised by this tumble of mountain, river, rock and tussock. See the grandeur of breathtaking vistas and be moved by their surging natural power. Central Otago's clear light brings mountains within an arm's reach and displays a star-studded night sky. It is a place of extraordinary contrasts, our middle earth.

Set The Tempo

You can set the tempo of your activity in Central Otago. Hit the hills in search of historic sites, bike the rail trail, taste award winning wines in amazing locations, play a round of golf at any one of the 11 golf courses, 4WD, kayak down rivers, try curling in winter or just kick back and relax out of cellphone coverage. Central Otago is a place where you relax, indulge and rejuvenate on holiday. A great low cost destination for all the family throughout the four distinct seasons.

Central Otago, affectionately called "Central" by those that know it well, covers an area of 11,000kmē and has fewer than 16,000 permanent residents. You will notice a change of pace when you come here.

It is a place where you can leave the stresses of work behind and just relax, soak in the atmosphere and let the rejuvenation process begin. Put your feet up in one of our many accommodation houses, where you will get to know the locals and be treated like a long lost friend rather than a visitor. Most never want to leave, but they take home treasured memories, and nearly always return.

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