By Miles Holden
Central Otago is the home of New Zealand Pinot noir. Visit the historic gold mining town of Alexandra or the stone fruit capital of Cromwell.
From Alexandra, the walking trails and Pinot Noir vineyards of Central Otago beckon. This town has a golden history, dating back to the 1880s.
In historic Clyde you can make yourself comfortable in a cafe or hire a mountain bike to explore the surrounding hills.
Cromwell was established by gold miners, but now its treasure is stone fruit. Explore nearby ghost towns and soak up the tranquil lakeside scenery.
An easy detour off State Highway 85, historic Naseby is known for great ice skating, heritage hotels and hiking around the old goldfields.
A former mining town, Omakau is a quaint little settlement in Central Otago that's held onto its charm.
Like many of Central Otago's heartland towns, Ophir is steeped in gold mining history and rich in charm.
It may be small in size, but Oturehua is big on treasures from the past and golden views of Mt Ida.
A popular stop on the Otago Central Rail Trail, the Art Deco town of Ranfurly looks after visitors with friendly accommodation and tasty meals.
Fish for trout, kayak a 30 kilometre lake or hike historic trails through the surrounding hills and mountains.