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From Naseby and Ranfurly in the east to Cromwell and Arrowtown in the west, Central Otago is a sprawling alpine landscape known for winemaking and natural beauty. Spanning more than 3,800 miles (9,900 square kilometers) but with only 18,000 residents, this isolated, historical part of New Zealand is a great escape from the urban jungle.

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Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown - Includes 4 Vineyards, Lunch & Wine

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Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown - Includes 4 Vineyards, Lunch & Wine

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Pair the fine wines of Central Otago with a gourmet lunch platter on this small-group wine-tasting tour from Queenstown. Visit at boutique wineries during your tour and drive through verdant valleys and vine-clad foothills rich in gold mining history. Numbers are limited to 12 people to ensure an intimate experience with other wine lovers.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Otago Central Rail Trail One Day Wonder Cycle tour

Otago Central Rail Trail One Day Wonder Cycle tour

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The Otago Central Rail Trail is the Original Great Ride in New Zealand's burgeoning Cycle Trails Network. This particular section of the trail is the most spectacular - it also suits travelers on a short time frame and a high level of fitness is not required.
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  • 6 hours
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USD106.55
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Gourmet Food and Wine Tour - Cave Tour, Cheese, Lunch, Chocolate and more!

Gourmet Food and Wine Tour - Cave Tour, Cheese, Lunch, Chocolate and more!

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Discover some of New Zealand's finest wines on a full-day tour of the Central Otago wine region from Queenstown. Visit multiple wineries, sip wine in Australasia's largest wine cave, enjoy a gourmet lunch, and sample locally made cheeses. You also visit the Cromwell Heritage Precinct and learn about the Otago Gold Rush. Numbers are limited to 12 people on this small-group wine tour that includes wine tastings, lunch, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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USD192.69
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Cromwell Heritage Precinct (CHP) Bike Rentals, Cromwell

Cromwell Heritage Precinct (CHP) Bike Rentals, Cromwell

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CHP Bike Rentals is located on the shores of Lake Dunstan, in the old historic Wisharts building at the Cromwell Heritage Precinct with the main trail just a few metres from our front doors. The 55km Lake Dunstan Trail takes you from Smith’s Way, just out of Cromwell to Clyde along Lake Dunstan, the Kawarau River and the mighty Clutha River Mata-au. Key features of the trail are the man-made landscapes, rich Maori and early pioneer history, abundant vineyards and cellar doors in Bannockburn and the Historical Precinct in Cromwell. We offer a transport service to shuttle you & your bikes to the start of the trail at Smiths Way, where you then have the option of riding one way and be picked up at the end of your days ride in Clyde
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  • 1 to 30 days
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Mt Cook Small Group Tour from Queenstown with Optional Activities

Mt Cook Small Group Tour from Queenstown with Optional Activities

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Take a break from the hectic Queenstown streets with this trip into the mighty Southern Alps. Spend the day at Mount Cook Village, nestled in the shadow of Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain. Enjoy free reign to set your own schedule, whether it’s hiking around the Alps, speeding around in jet boats or learning more about the mountains at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center.
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  • 12 hours
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Otago Peninsula Scenic, City Highlights and Wildlife Tour

Otago Peninsula Scenic, City Highlights and Wildlife Tour

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Combine a city highlights tour of Dunedin with a wildlife-focused tour of the Otago Peninsula in a single day. Perfect for first-time visitors or those short on time, this tour covers both urban and natural highlights of the area. Landmarks in Dunedin include the Botanic Garden, Baldwin Street, the Dunedin Railway Station, and others. Get to know the Otago Peninsula's beaches and bays with scenic drives and a wildlife boat cruise from Taiaroa Head.
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  • 5 hours
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USD167.62
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Dunedin City, Wildlife and Scenery Tour

Dunedin City, Wildlife and Scenery Tour

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Join a small group for a full-day tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. During the city tour, see landmarks such as the University of Otago, Baldwin Street, and Scottish heritage sites. Next explore the Otago Peninsula, including Otago Harbour, Sandfly Bay, Tunnel Beach, and historic Larnach Castle. Your tour includes pickup and drop-off in central Dunedin or the port.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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USD111.74
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Price varies by group size

Dunedin City and Otago Peninsula Small-Group Tour

Dunedin City and Otago Peninsula Small-Group Tour

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Travel with a small group to explore the city of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. Get personalized attention from your guide and enjoy an intimate atmosphere with your fellow travelers as you hit all the highlights, such as Larnach Castle, Penguin Place, the Octagon, the Dunedin Rail Station, the University of Otago, and more. Along the way, listen to engaging commentary from your guide and enjoy the opportunity to ask questions.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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USD146.85
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Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

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Peer at rare yellow-eyed penguins and visit nesting grounds of the northern royal albatross during a full-day tour of the Otago Peninsula and Dunedin. Spend your morning sightseeing in Dunedin’s city center, including highlights of the Octagon, followed by a visit to the gardens of Larnach Castle, with the option to go inside and buy lunch. In the afternoon, immerse in the natural beauty of the Otago Peninsula and the scenic coast along Taiaroa Head. Numbers are limited to 19 people to allow for personalized attention from your informative guide.
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  • 7 hours
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USD143.17
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Speight Brewery Small Group Guided Tour from Dunedin

Speight Brewery Small Group Guided Tour from Dunedin

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There’s more to brewing beer than meets the eye, and more to brewery tours than tastings. Learn about more than a century of beer-brewing history at one of Dunedin’s most iconic breweries—Speight’s Brewery—while a guide takes you and a small group through an interactive tour. Start at the breweries’ eighth floor, work your way down to the tasting rooms, and finish with a sampling of “hero” beers.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula

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Swap the cruise port for the Dunedin countryside on a half-day shore excursion that includes the Otago Peninsula. Your sightseeing tour covers highlights of the city center such as the Dunedin Railway Station, then travels to several village suburbs, stopping en route at scenic lookouts and for a beachside view of basking sea lions. Enjoy the personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 19 people.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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THE TIGER TOUR - Full-Day Guided Wine Tour of the Central Otago Wine Region.

THE TIGER TOUR - Full-Day Guided Wine Tour of the Central Otago Wine Region.

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Enjoy a day of sampling the wines of Central Otago without worrying about getting around safely, on this guided tour. Your guide is a licensed sommelier, so you’ll learn all about different wines and wine-making from an expert. As it’s a small-group tour, you’ll receive personalized service and can alter the tour according to your needs. Explore the rich wine-growing region while you indulge and have fun with your family or friends.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Arrowtown and Wanaka Platinum Tour from Queenstown

Arrowtown and Wanaka Platinum Tour from Queenstown

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Tucked in beneath the soaring peaks and serene lakes of New Zealand’s South Island, Arrowtown and Wanaka offer outdoor adventure with a strong sense of history. On this tour, hit both destinations in one day and enjoy a drink in the famous Cardrona Hotel. Spin into the Gibbston Valley with your guide and stroll through the 19th-century gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown. Pass the fertile vineyards of Kawarau Gorge, admire spectacular views along the Crown Range road, and enjoy free time to explore Wanaka at your leisure.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Wine Tour with Wine Tasting from Wanaka

Wine Tour with Wine Tasting from Wanaka

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Central Otago is one of New Zealand’s most popular wine regions, producing well-respected reds and whites in alpine vineyards. On this afternoon tour, visit four of boutique wineries in the region and taste some of their award-winning offerings. Learn the secrets behind these wines from the winemakers themselves, and stop at one winery for a gourmet food and wine matching – tasting dishes of local produce matched with wines from the vineyard.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Macetown 4WD Tour from Queenstown

Macetown 4WD Tour from Queenstown

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Travel off-road to the former gold mining town of Macetown along roads only accessible by 4WD. With an expert guide at the wheel, all you have to do is hold on for the rugged ride, which includes nearly two dozen river crossings and a backcountry route high above the Arrow Gorge. Pass Arrowtown en route to this historical ghost town protected by the Department of Conservation. Enjoy light refreshments and the opportunity to pan for gold in the Arrow River.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Riversurfing

Riversurfing

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We're the pioneers of Riversurfing operating since 1989. Also known as riverboarding or hydrospeed, similar to rafting but next level! We take you in the water, through Grade 3 rapids, on bodyboards. Why sit on a boat when you can get in amongst it and have some serious fun?
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Go Karts - Highlands Motorsport and Tourism Park

Go Karts - Highlands Motorsport and Tourism Park

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A world-class tourism destination just 45 minutes from Queenstown Airport, Highlands Motorsport and Tourism Park is home to a range of exceptional experiences which are exciting for the whole family. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be looked after by their friendly team – treating you to some authentic kiwi hospitality! Voted the #1 Thing to Do in Cromwell by TripAdvisor, Highlands – Experience the Exceptional is conveniently located along SH 6 in Cromwell in beautiful Central Otago. It’s a must do when you’re exploring the region – ideal for day trips because Highlands really does offer something fun and extraordinary for everyone. So whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple, in a group, or with family, Highlands is an NZ must-do for the ride of your lives.
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  • 45 minutes
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USD34.22
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Exclusive Central Otago Wine Tour - Departs Queenstown

Exclusive Central Otago Wine Tour - Departs Queenstown

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This is the ideal tour for wine lovers. Spend a day going on a wine tasting journey to some of the best vineyards in Central Otago. You won’t have to worry about organizing transport as hotel pickup and drop-off is included. The package is tailor-made according to your preferences, and you’ll have the ultimate stress-free day with lunch and wine tastings included.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes to 7 hours
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USD261.45
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Supercar Fast Dash - Highlands Motorsport and Tourism Park

Supercar Fast Dash - Highlands Motorsport and Tourism Park

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A world-class tourism destination just 45 minutes from Queenstown Airport, Highlands Motorsport and Tourism Park is home to a range of exceptional experiences which are exciting for the whole family. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be looked after by their friendly team – treating you to some authentic kiwi hospitality! Voted the #1 Thing to Do in Cromwell by TripAdvisor, Highlands – Experience the Exceptional is conveniently located along SH 6 in Cromwell in beautiful Central Otago. It’s a must do when you’re exploring the region – ideal for day trips because Highlands really does offer something fun and extraordinary for everyone. So whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple, in a group, or with family, Highlands is an NZ must-do for the ride of your lives.
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  • 15 minutes
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Full-Day Small-Group Central Otago Wine Tour

Full-Day Small-Group Central Otago Wine Tour

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This is an immersive, fun and educational wine tour visiting five of Central Otago’s finest and off the beaten track cellar doors through the BIG 4 wine regions of Gibbston, Cromwell Bendigo and Bannockburn. Sample over 20 spectacular cool-climate wines and enjoy an (optional) exceptional lunch at the renowned Bannockburn Hotel (additional cost ordered on the day) whilst learning information, stories and facts about the region and wine from your charismatic guide and cellar staff educate. Travel in style with transfers in a luxury Mercedes van, and make use of our complimentary WiFi and bottled water. We have regular cellar doors we visit however we have the flexibility to tailor the tour to suit where possible. If you have specific requests please let us know through ‘special requirements’ at the time of booking and we will do our best to accommodate. Sample itinerary for the day: Kinross, Scott Base, Misha's Vinyard, Te Kano and Cloudy Bay.
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  • 8 hours
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Golden Hills Horse Treks

Golden Hills Horse Treks

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Exploring the Central Otago countryside on horseback lets you go at a leisurely pace while covering more ground than you could hiking on your own two legs. Enjoy sweeping views of Lake Dunstan and the Mt. Pisa Range from the comfort of your horse. Go at the pace appropriate for your skill and experience level. Young kids can be led, if required.
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  • 2 hours
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Radical U-Drive - Highlands Motorsport and Tourism Park

Radical U-Drive - Highlands Motorsport and Tourism Park

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A world-class tourism destination just 45 minutes from Queenstown Airport, Highlands Motorsport and Tourism Park is home to a range of exceptional experiences which are exciting for the whole family. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be looked after by their friendly team – treating you to some authentic kiwi hospitality! Voted the #1 Thing to Do in Cromwell by TripAdvisor, Highlands – Experience the Exceptional is conveniently located along SH 6 in Cromwell in beautiful Central Otago. It’s a must do when you’re exploring the region – ideal for day trips because Highlands really does offer something fun and extraordinary for everyone. So whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple, in a group, or with family, Highlands is an NZ must-do for the ride of your lives.
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  • 1 hour
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Wine Tour From Wanaka: Half Day

Wine Tour From Wanaka: Half Day

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See four wineries on this fantastic wine tour. Great for small groups of family and friends who want an exclusive experience. You will travel in a luxury air-conditioned SUV with leather seats, generous legroom, extra headroom, sunroof and USB power. On board there is a free wi fi hotspot, coolbox for your snacks and beverages, wine carrier for purchases and umbrellas. Complimentary bottled water and crackers are also provided. You will discover an amazing range of award winning wines including Pinot Noir, Rosé, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and sparkling wine. You will journey through three distinct winemaking sub regions and visit boutique wineries off the beaten track on this great value wine tasting experience. I am also a photographer and will take pictures of your memorable day trip free of charge and send them to you via download link after the tour.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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'Express' Wine Tour & Māori Culture Wānaka

'Express' Wine Tour & Māori Culture Wānaka

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Experience this one-of-a-kind wine tasting with a fascinating Māori culture spin! Learn about Māori history and their experiences of this region while sampling many wonderful wines. Of the wineries listed we will visit 2, if you have a preference please let me know.
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  • 2 hours
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Central Otago can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Central Otago costs USD 17.46. Guided Central Otago tours start around USD 17.46 per person.
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