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  • Address: New Zealand
  • Admission: Free

If you're seeking the thrill of a fine glass of wine or a round of golf then Central Otago could be just your place. The hottest, coldest and driest part of New Zealand is also home to some of its most adorable towns and finer vineyards.

The capital of Central Otago is Alexandra and its boutique hotels are a great base for exploring. The highlights of Central Otago (besides its gourmet delights) include the very well-preserved gold-rush towns of Ophir and St Bathans, the art-deco charms of Ranfurly and the picturesque orchards of the fruit-bowl area surrounding Cromwell.

Eleven golf courses dot the countryside and curling (the ancient Scottish sport) is popular in Naseby where you can play in year-round facilities. Otherwise the majority of action takes place along the Central Otago Rail Trail with walkers, cyclists and horse riders all enjoying the gentle gradient of the former railway line.

Practical Info

Queenstown is 40 minutes drive from Cromwell and an hour’s drive from Alexandra. Dunedin is 2.5 hours drive from Alexandra. A car is the best way to explore the area, moving at your own relaxed pace.

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Wine Tour with Wine Tasting from Wanaka, Wanaka, null
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Wine Tour with Wine Tasting from Wanaka

Explore the remarkable vineyards and stunning scenery throughout Central Otago and Wanaka.  You will taste gorgeous award winning wines from the little ...  Read more

Location: Wanaka, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $142.59
Central Otago Wine Tours from Queenstown, Queenstown, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Central Otago Wine Tours from Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 38 Reviews

Experience the beauty of Central Otago, its fine wines, rich gold history and welcoming people. This Central Otago wine tour from Queenstown will take you into ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 5.5 or 7 hrs

From USD $145.51
Original Wine Tour, Queenstown, Day Trips
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Original Wine Tour

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Making wine personal - join Queenstown’s original wine tour. Have a fun and relaxed afternoon wine touring accompanied by our knowledgeable wine guides. ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $116.99
Otago Central Rail Trail Bike Tour, Queenstown, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Otago Central Rail Trail Bike Tour

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Cycle the Otago Central Rail Trail on this day trip from Queenstown or Wanaka. Soak up the stunning landscapes as you cycle through lush farmland and ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $291.50
Queenstown to Christchurch via Mount Cook Full-Day Tour, Queenstown, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Queenstown to Christchurch via Mount Cook Full-Day Tour

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See the majestic beauty of the South Island on this one-way tour from Queenstown to Christchurch via the rugged landscape and scenic country surrounding Mount ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $173.30
Queenstown to Mount Cook Tour, Queenstown, Day Trips
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Queenstown to Mount Cook Tour

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Depart Queenstown and its surrounding lush green farmland and relax as you take in the spectacular scenery that changes from the winding Kawarau River Gorge to ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $108.22
Cromwell Basin Flight with Alpine Snow Landing, Queenstown, Day Trips
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Cromwell Basin Flight with Alpine Snow Landing

Only 45 minutes from Queenstown, the Cromwell Basin showcases the best of Central Otago's wine growing region. See Cromwell, Lake Dunstan, Highlands Motorsport ...  Read more

Location: Cromwell, New Zealand
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $218.63
Ladybird Hill Helicopter Flight with Winery Tour and Lunch, Queenstown, Helicopter Tours
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Ladybird Hill Helicopter Flight with Winery Tour and Lunch

Board the helicopter in Cromwell and enjoy a flight through Lindis Pass, NZ's second highest point on the NZ state highway network, linking Central Otago and ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,279.61

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