Discover Central Otago

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Where to Find Us

Central Otago is New Zealand’s most inland region, located in the southern half of the South Island. The regions two largest urban centres are Cromwell and Alexandra. Queenstown international airport is just a 45 minute drive to the west of Cromwell and Dunedin airport a 2 hour drive to the east of Alexandra meaning the region is easily accessed by air and by road.  

Scenic Highlights

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 breath-taking 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 and colours, our own middle earth. Bask in the glory of the summer; kick back in the autumn golden glow; hunker down under the blanket of winter; and recharge the body and mind in the flourish of spring growth.  

Why Central Otago?

What's on

Alexandra Blossom Festival

Clyde Wine & Food Festival

Wool On Creative Fashion Event

Highlands 101

Cromwell Wine & Food Festival

Conference Venues and Facilities

Central Otago is ideally suited to host small to medium conferences, meetings, incentive or corporate retreats. There are a selection of superb venues for small meetings and excellent options for some great incentive weekends as well. Meeting venues range from those with attached accommodation, to purpose built facilities or smaller more intimate venues within wineries and museums. Accommodation can be found in close proximity to your meeting venue, ranging from motels to boutique lodges. The many cafes, restaurants and wineries specialise in serving local wines and excellent cuisine created with local produce.  


Stay in a luxury lodge, hotel, motel or boutique bed and breakfasts with gourmet meals and stunning vistas of snow-dusted mountain ranges. Several locations have on-site conference facilities.  

Unforgettable Experiences

There’s no need to rush to get the most out of Central Otago. Take the time to enjoy everything that there is on offer in this spectacular region of New Zealand. Cycling in Central Otago is an opportunity to sample the finer things in life not just incredible scenery, but heritage, history, award winning wineries, great food and friendly locals. Imagine the delicate pleasures of gently sipping a fine, award-winning Central Otago pinot noir while relaxing in grand alpine scenery that overlooks some of the world’s best pinot noir vines. Relax, indulge and rejuvenate - try curling, play a round of golf, cruise the Clutha River, visit historic gold mining towns or explore the arts trail including a stop at the local galleries in Alexandra, or at the Cromwell Heritage Precinct.