Central Otago

Natural, unassuming and secluded – take a break from the frantic fast pace of the holiday hotspots, and head for the hills, lakes or coast of the beautiful Otago region.

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Central Otago


Every type of accommodation is on offer in Otago, from big city hotels to coastal B&Bs, affordable family motel and apartment accommodation.

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Central Otago


The region offers plenty of activity options, from the adrenaline rush of Queenstown, to museums and art galleries in Dunedin. 

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About Central Otago

The natural unassuming splendour of Central Otago is a major draw card. Inland, the rolling golden hills, textured with schist rock formations, resemble oil paintings; whilst the wild Otago coast is a haven for bird and marine life.

The region's best known visitor attraction is the Otago Central Rail Trail. The popular trail is a stunning 150km track that follows the old railway line between Middlemarch and Clyde.  This 3 to 5 day tadventure is purpose-built for mountain bikers, walkers and horse riders, and is a truly unforgettable experience.

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How do you get to Central Otago?

  • Travel by Plane
    • As well as nearby Queenstown Airport, the Otago region is serviced with regular domestic flights to Wanaka Airport (from Christchurch) and Dunedin International Airport.
  • Travel by Train
    • There is no train service to Otago.
  • Travel by Bus
    • Otago is a popular destination and most major public bus, tour and shuttle networks offer a service to at least one of the region's main towns, Wanaka, Dunedin or Oamaru. Bus, coach and shuttle transport arrives in Otago from many SI destinations.
  • Rent a Vehicle
    • A selection of car and motorhome rental outlets operate in Otago's main towns and cities. Dunedin and Queenstown offer the widest selection in the area.