Central Otago, New Zealand, Nestled near the bottom of the South Island, Otago has a traditional farming heritage plus many little-known natural and historic treasures. thyme covered hills, orchards, bare tussock rock landscapes, tors, gorges, lakes, encounter solitude, mountains, rivers, rocks and tussock, see with the clear light far and close, experience middle earth. Central Otago, spectacular and rugged Goldrush country, where miner’s legacies of long forgotten ghost towns can still be found.
Otago is a region of contrasts. Its unique character is defined by a magnificent landscape and diverse climate. Queenstown winters bring snow while Alexandra’s summers are among the hottest in the country. Snow-covered mountains, native forests and stunning southern lakes populate the west of the region while dry, tussock-covered mountains and valleys of rock complement this wild and beautiful land. Where else can you walk among wild seals, visit a life-sized but miniature castle, kayak through semi-submersed caves, or jet boat down rock-strewn rivers? Otago has it all – accessible wildlife, adventure tourism, world class vineyards and restaurants, historic sites, deserted white sandy beaches and vistas of staggering beauty. So if you come to New Zealand should you have to visit this wonderful place.