Central Otago & Lakes District

General

Central Otago is an expansive inland region encompassing inland Otago and the Queenstown Lakes district.  As an area of spectacular landscape scenery, high country farming, stonefruit and vineyard production and a booming tourist trade, the region carries the motto “ a world of difference”.

The lay of the land varies from the wide flat plateau of the Maniototo to a number of mountain ranges including the world renowned “Remarkables” dominating the skyline over Lake Wakitipu at Queenstown.  The glacial lakes of Wanaka, Wakitipu and Hawea are all surrounded by snow capped mountains and the area is known as a destination for year round outdoor recreation including winter skiing and summer boating.

Characterised by cold winters and hot, dry summers, the area has a steadily increasing population which is driven by significant development in the tourist towns of Queenstown and Wanaka. European occupation came with the discovery of gold at Gabriel's Gully near Lawrence in 1861, which led to the Central Otago Goldrush.  Since the 19th century, most of the area's economic activity has centred on sheep and cattle stone fruit, and tourism.  In recent years, deer farming and vineyard production have increased the region's economic diversification.  The cool climate is especially suitable for grape production and the region is recognised for it’s exquisite range of the Pinot Noir variant.  Central Otago is the world's southernmost commercial wine production region.  Tourism,new housing subdivisions and regional development are all driving economic growth and making Central Otago a desirable location for permanent residency and an outdoor recreational destination for holiday makers and visitors.

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