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Welcome to DreamofKiwi - Home of Otago's most comprehensive online travel Directory, providing visitors to Otago New Zealand with access to hundreds of accomodation and activity options so you can plan your travel with confidence.

Our articles give you insights into the various Otago, New Zealand tourist destinations, attractions and scenery before you arrive in New Zealand. Our comprehensive online directory of New Zealand tourism and travel companies will help you organise and plan your trip.

Central Otago Wine & Food Festival

The Central Otago Wine & Food Festival (February 2005) celebrates Central Otago wineries, with food prepared by leading guest chefs, Central Otago summer fruits, international musicians, a farmers market and Central Otago art.


Central Otago

Central Otago is the only region in New Zealand to experience a continental climate, having the hottest summers and coldest winters in New Zealand.

Old trails that provided access for thousands of miners in the gold rush of the 1860s can still be seen winding over the hills, along with stone cottages, cleverly engineered water channels, mines and machinery associated with the gold rush.

The towns of Alexandra, Clyde, Cromwell, Roxburgh and Ranfurly are ideal bases from which to explore the surrounding historic countryside.

Hydroelectric dams along the Clutha River have formed Lake Roxburgh and Lake Dunstan. These now offer a range of recreational opportunities of their own, from power boating and fishing to wind surfing and sailing.

Wine has become one of central Otago's newest industries, with many of the wineries still small and offering tastings throughout the summer months.

The Central Otago Wine Region

New Zealand DiningAt the bottom of the world, in the south Island of New Zealand, is the worlds most southern wine region, Central Otago.

The extreme continental climate of Central Otago forms the rapidly expanding wine region. Central Otago, the seventh largest wine region in New Zealand.

The predominant grape is Pinot Noir with Chardonnay close behind. Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling are also grown here in the South

The Central Otago region is a breath of fresh air, the mountain scenery and clean, untouched surroundings help make Central Otago wine a pure and uplifting experience.


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Walking or Biking the Otago Central Rail Trail

The Otago Central Rail Trail stretches 150km from Clyde to Middlemarch on the Strath Taieri.

The Rail Trail takes around 3-5 days to bike and 5-7 days to walk. There are plenty of places to stay along the way and there are also guided trips.

Most tourism outfits provide bike and horse hire and transportation to and from destinations on the Trail. For more information visit:



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