The dramatic Lindis Pass links the Mackenzie Basin with Central Otago. The actual pass crosses a..Old Cromwell Town Information
When the Clyde Dam was completed in 1992, the valley behind it was flooded to create Lake Dunstan...Bannockburn Information
Across the Kawarau River from Cromwell on the road to Nevis Valley, the small historic mining town..St Bathans Information
In 1887, Saint Bathans was a bustling town with around 2,000 miners living in the immediate..Nevis Valley Information
The Nevis Valley was first used as a trail route by Maori people. Early European settlers farmed..See all locations in Central Otago
Central Otago has an inland climate that provides the high temperature variation on which grapes thrive. Hot summer days end with refreshingly cool evenings, and the long autumns are sunny and fresh.
Central Otago's rocky soils were ground out of the mountains by ancient glaciers. They contain the much prized loess, a fine wind-blown chalky dust that produces great wines. The soils also have high mineral deposits which contribute to each wine's unique personality.
Rainfall is low and vast water supplies from high in the adjacent Southern Alps allow perfect moisture control through careful irrigation.
These ideal conditions were recognised by European wine growing experts in the late 1800s. In the 1880s a good sized vineyard was planted by Frenchman Jean Desire Feraud on land he purchased after striking gold near the town of Alexandra. But New Zealanders were beer drinkers and agriculture was pre-occupied with sheep and dairy farming. It wasn't until the 1980s that Central Otago rediscovered its new gold - wine.
Central Otago wines, particularly pinot noir, are now sought after by people all over the world. The award winning vineyards and the local lifestyle have attracted some very talented chefs to the region, so the dining experiences are as divine as the scenery and the wine.
Nestled in the Southern Alps of New Zealand on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is the..Milford Sound Information
Described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world', Milford Sound was carved by..Christchurch - Canterbury Information
Float above the plains in a hot air balloon or soak in relaxing thermal pools. Enjoy the excellent..Fiordland Information
Watch the mountains shake off winter and start to warm up for summer. Waterfalls are invigorated..Nelson Region Information
To visit Nelson region is to discover azure skies and wide open spaces, beaches and lakes..Dunedin Information
The city of Dunedin was built with the riches of the gold rush, consequently it has one of the best..Nelson Information
Hardy European pioneers founded the beautiful city of Nelson, New Zealand in 1842, although this..Otago Peninsula Information
Flanking the southern edge of Dunedin's extensive harbour, Otago Peninsula is high and rugged on..Akaroa Information
An easy drive south-east of Christchurch, Banks Peninsula is the South Island's most interesting..Doubtful Sound Information
Sometimes called the 'Sound of Silence' Doubtful Sound is the deepest (421 metres) and second..Tauranga Bay Information
n the coastline about 16km south west of Westport, you will find Tauranga Bay and the Cape Foulwind..Marlborough Information
Marlborough is full of activities for you to enjoy. No matter your budget and interests, there is..Hokitika Information
Hokitika was first settled in 1860, after the discovery of gold on the west coast. It was an..Dunedin - Coastal Otago Information
Dunedin’s legendary gardens at Glenfalloch and Larnach Castle, are a profusion of colour and..Lake Wanaka Information
Lake Wanaka is a place to take a deep breath and relax. Protected from the outside world by the..See all locations in South Island