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
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
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
The Central Otago Wine Region
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.