Central Otago

Central Otago is famous for its wine and is the biggest producer of wine in the southerly region of the world. This historical region in New Zealand is famous for its mountains, weathered rock formations, rivers, and alpine herb fields.

The region is famous for Pinot Noir, a variety of grape used for making wine. The wine produced from this grape type has widely acclaimed popularity all over the world. The structured soil of the region drains easily and is the perfect for wine production. Other famous grape variety includes Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Sauvihnon Blanc, and Chardonnay.

This most inland region of New Zealand was famous for its gold rush. Moreover, you can still find the trails used by the miners winding over the hills. Some of the other leftover relics of the historic time include haunted hotel, mines, machinery, stone cottages, and water channels. Other famous attractions of the place include its hiking tracks, wine industry, museums, and historic sites. This makes Central Otago, one of the most famous tourist destinations in the country.

Central Otago is easily accessible from Queenstown and Dunedin airports. One can also easily reach the region from Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin, and Invercargill through rail or road. The weather of the region should be fully analyzed before you plan a trip to Central Otago. It is the hottest, driest, and coldest region in the country. In winters, you need to take extra while driving as you can expect snow or ice anytime.

Central Otago Activities

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Kawarau River Rafting


The Kawarau river is ideal for first time rafters or suited to those looking for a more relaxed rafting experience. There’s plenty of white water action, but also time to sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular New Zealand scenery. Keep an eye on the other rafts though, as there’s a good chance of a water fight. It’s the Kawarau River that starred as the River Anduin in Lord of the Rings. The grandeur of the canyons imparts a feeling of paddling through the heart of Middle Earth. Whether you are a Lord of The Rings fan or not, this rafting trip offers an insight into the beauty of the New Zealand wilderness. Enjoy the unforgettable 400m long Dog Leg rapid. New Zealand’s longest commercially rafted rapid. Before returning to Queenstown, enjoy a sauna and hot shower at Cavell's Rafting base and perhaps treat yourself to a well earned hot chocolate, beer or snack at the licensed cafe. ....
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