BIG SKY COUNTRY - THE MANIOTOTO
Steeped in gold-mining history, the towns of Central Otago each have their own story to tell. This is big sky country where the crystal clear light draws the mountains close by day and produces star-studded skies at night. Upon its wide plains you can follow in the footsteps of the early miners and settlers and explore interesting historical sites. Those who wish to travel by horse, bike or foot, can follow the converted railway track walkway of the Otago Central Rail Trail. Hike to a deserted mine, fly fish on the Taieri River, discover Ranfurly's art deco scene, or witness a real life game of curling. There are any number of choices here.
There's much to please visitors to this scenic river district. The hills have many walkways and 4WD tracks to explore, and the rivers and lakes are a great place for water-based sports such as trout and salmon fishing. Sample award-winning wines and visit the many distinctive townships with their super little cafes, restaurants and shops. The historic township of Clyde has a fabulous old-world atmosphere.
LAKELANDS TO HIGHLANDS
Just a short drive from the excitement and adventure of Queenstown is the peace and quiet of Cromwell. Surrounded by fruit orchards of every description, there's an abundance of natural attractions and heritage sites to explore. You can also relax beside the ice-blue waters of Lake Dunstan, try your hand at fossicking, bungy jump from the Kawarau Bridge or head to the hills to sample the region's award-winning pinot noir and other varietals.
THE BEST OF CENTRAL OTAGO
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