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Understandably this place has shaped who we are and what we do.

A World of Difference

Regional Stories

There are many stories that stitch this place together. Our stories are distinctively Central Otago, New Zealand. They will give you a sense of our place and its enormous untamed landscapes and where nature has its own sophistication. They will quietly reveal its differences in subtle and unexpected ways - a memorable feast for your senses.

Central Otago is something completely different. People here still have time for you. There’s a rugged sense of individualism, where the people have learnt to live with nature’s extremes. The same pioneering spirit that braved the elements to break the land is still alive. Understandably this place has shaped who we are and what we do.

This place of difference genuinely delivers difference in all things – the products and experiences are truly Central Otago. The fine flavours, fine wools, rich history and reputation have spread well beyond our borders. When the world gets busier, Central Otago is a refreshing counterpoint – a rare and precious thing.

The Teviot Valley Story

This is the Teviot—a diverse and special place, endowed with nature’s goodness and dynamic, strong c...

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The Cromwell Story

Today, New Zealand’s farthest inland town has a new, uplifting energy as people are attracted to the...

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Manuherikia & Ida Valley Story

The Manuherikia and Ida Valleys are proud, timeless places. Edged by sturdy mountain ranges and crum...

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Central Otago Fashion Story

Wools grown in Central Otago range from strong to finer fibres, which transform into luxury floor co...

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The Maniototo Story

Humble, close-knit farming settlements are dotted thinly across the plain, huddled on long, straight...

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Central Otago Fruit Story

From this most inland region comes fruit full of intense flavours that are widely regarded as among ...

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Central Otago Water Story

Our relationship with precious lakes, rivers and streams is ambiguous: ever-changing, contradictory ...

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Central Otago Gold Story

Adventurers, Prospectors, Pioneers - The Gold seekers ventured into an untamed land of desolate moun...

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Central Otago High Country Story

Here the men are hard without the harsh. Like their dogs they’ve all got minds of their own, decisio...

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Central Otago Artisan Food Story

Artisan food makers, with their local markets and tiny stores, don’t require you to read the labels ...

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