Situated furthest from the ocean in the south of the South Island this central Otago region has vast undulating landscapes and rugged snow-capped mountains; there are yawning gorges and azure rivers. Each season brings its own magic and there is no wrong time to visit here. Known for its food as well as its wine you will find dining out just one big indulgence – award-winning Pinot Noir, bistros in country hotels and pubs and an abundance of seasonal fresh fruit. Local artisan produce. You will find long empty road surrounded by stunning countryside much of it growing fruit and vines; there is a hydro-electric dam and the Blue Lake – a consequence of hydraulic digging. Gold mining has also left its legacy on the Maniototo Plains as well as well-preserved, former gold mine townships featuring schist stone and mud-brick cottages. A warm welcome awaits you in this peaceful region.
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