Explore charming gold mining villages, take a family steamship cruise, go cycling, check out an eclectic inventor's workshop, have high tea at a castle.
The 341-kilometre Central Otago Road Trip follows scenic highways from the Pacific Ocean to the foot of the Southern Alps via the beautiful Strath Taieri and Maniototo Plains.
Leaving Dunedin, it winds through the heart of Central Otago taking in characterful settlements such as Middlemarch, Ranfurly, Oturehua and Clyde, as well as the larger towns of Alexandra, Cromwell, Arrowtown and Queenstown.
Soak up the scenery, see the sights, and enjoy all sorts of activities at a relaxed pace by taking 3–5 days – longer if you can.
There are tips, experiences, highlights, routes and maps. Check out Matt Chisholm's video about the trip courtesy of Tourism Central Otago.
Go to Otago Tohu Whenua for a complete list of itineraries.
There has been a fire station on the current site since 1890. The hand drawn hose reel was used until the 1940’s.
Australia’s first saint, Sister Mary MacKillop visited Arrowtown in 1897 and set up a Catholic School. Part of this school can still be visited today.
The first Arrowtown School was in Buckingham Street and opened in 1863. It was on the site now occupied by the Oak development.
Arrowtown had four churches representing the early immigrant populations. Catholic, Presbyterian, Anglican and Methodist. All still operate today except for the Methodist Church.
The trees in Arrowtown’s beautiful avenues are Sycamore, Ash, Oak, Elm, and Rowan. The first avenue was planted in 1867.
There are two theories as to why the town is named Arrowtown. One is that the river behind the town flows swiftly like an arrow.
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