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22 - 24 March 2014
The magnificent Central Otago landscape, on New Zealand’s South Island, is the setting for Goldrush, a 375km multisport race that includes kayaking, mountain biking, running and road biking.
Inspired by the footsteps of the pioneers who came to Central Otago in the 1860s, the race is unlike any other. Held in March each year, the race is passionate and intense, with a spirit of camaraderie and enjoyment. Participants return year-after-year for this unforgettable experience.
Beginning in Alexandra, the race takes in the starkly contrasting landscape of the region; from the rocky banks of gorges, to remote high country and views of snowcapped mountains.
If you want to concentrate on one sport, the Central Otago Rail Trail is a 150km cycle route that follows the old railway and takes in stunning landscapes. Small towns were settled along the original railway and, after a day on the bike, they can provide accommodation and hearty meals.
Central Otago’s landscapes can also be explored on four wheels, and a popular mode of transport is a motorhome. Take in the dry, weathered ancient mountains, alpine fields and tranquil lakes, or take the Otago Goldfields Trail and unearth stories from the gold rush glory days.
Grapes were first grown in Central Otago during the time of the gold rush. However, it is more recently that the region has become renowned for its wine, and in particular its pinot noir. The hot summer days and cool evenings are perfect conditions for the grape variety, and there are many award-winning wines available. In the southernmost vineyards in New Zealand, visitors can do tastings and tours, or dine in superb restaurants.
Things to see and do in Central Otago:
- if you want to learn more about the region’s history
- if you want to take an off-road driving adventure
- if you want to do a river cruise
- if you’re looking for a vineyard lunch
- if you’re looking for accommodation
For more information visit www.goldrush.co.nz