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

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Our 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 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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Closeburn Station

A modest label inked with the words 'Closeburn Station' is neatly stitched into the seam of exquisit…

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Hilton Signs Limited

Morphing from paintbrushes to new tech, Hilton Signs is Central Otago's longest-running signwriting …

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Pitches Store

Pitches Store incorporates both boutique accommodation and an eatery. It occupies the old, much-admi…

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Central Blue Ltd

In 2002, Central Otago's inimitable blue sky days captured the heart of Owen Philip, owner and manag…

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Kopuwai Consulting

Unearthing layers of Central Otago's rich heritage to understand why, what and how is one of Matt So…

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Omakau Irrigation Scheme

It's fair to say that Roger Williams always keeps his water eye on the weather. 

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Dear Lissy

Capturing life's fleeting yet pivotal moments is a privilege and a passion for Alexandra-based weddi…

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Paulina's Restaurant and Bar

The warmth and love of family farmhouse meals inspired Chilean-born Paulina Corvalan to establish he…

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