Central Otago’s spectacular scenery and stunning unspoiled wilderness is home—and inspiration—to a phenomenal range of talented artists: painters and sculptors, ceramic and glass artists, photographers, fabric and textile artists, woodcarvers and furniture makers, metal workers and jewellers.
It’s a heady list but spend a little time on the Central Otago Arts Trail, and exploring their work and learning more about their practices couldn’t be easier.
The arts trails is mapped out by areas into do-able bites, drive the trail—and back roads—to find artists at work in their studios and workshops. It’s a great way to tour the road less-travelled, chat to locals and you can even take home a slice of Central Otago.
Short on time?
Then head to Cromwell’s Heritage Precinct and its eclectic collection of galleries and artists’ studios. The precinct’s 1860s’ gold rush buildings—saved or lovingly re-built on higher ground when the 1990 Clyde dam was completed—sit snugly alongside the picturesque shores of Lake Dunstan. Now imaginatively re-purposed, wander through exhibition spaces displaying solo and group exhibitions, and visit artists, craftsmen and craftswomen busy in their work spaces. Look out for OCTA Gallery, Hullaboo Artspace and Art Cut Gallery.
Cruisin the Clutha
Central Otago’s mighty Clutha River is one of New Zealand’s most mesmerising natural features. Its stunning scenery, gold-rush history and swift turquoise waters make it a must-explore on any journey through ‘Central’.Read more about Cruisin the Clutha
Family-Friendly Bike Trails
Summer is the perfect opportunity to get out and about with the family. We've selected a handful of Central Otago's shorter riders to enjoy with the family.Read more about Family-Friendly Bike Trails
The festive season is in full swing and if you’re keen for to burn off those mince pies and mulled wine, we have just the answer (or 2!).Read more about Challenge Yourself