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Central Otago


The wide expanse between Dunedin and Queenstown / Southern Lakes is known as Central Otago.

This region is renowned for its autumn colours, excellent wineries, stonefruit orchards and its popular Otago Central Rail Trail.

Alexandra (pop 6,000) is the main town. It has its own micro-climate and regularly boasts NZ’s highest daily temperature in summer and lowest in winter.

The orchard and vineyard town of Cromwell (pop 6,400), on man-made Lake Dunstan, has become a bit of a commuter town for Queenstown and Wanaka, both only around 45 minutes away by car.

For a driving adventure, consider driving over the Danseys Pass Road that links Naseby in Central Otago with Oamaru and North Otago.

Alexandra Blossom Festival

Small town fun in Central Otago (late-Sept)

Otago Central Rail Trail

152km on a mountain bike or e-bike!

Central Otago Wine

Lots of Pinot tasting options!

Cromwell Heritage Precinct

Old town Cromwell saved from the lake

Danseys Pass Road

For the truly adventurous

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by craig