Clyde travel guide, Central Otago, New Zealand
07 Sep 2020

9 of the Best Things to Do in Clyde, Central Otago

Clyde boasts the perfect mix of great scenery and interesting architecture and is home to some top-notch eating and drinking establishments. It’s also the start (or the end) of the Otago Central Rail Trail, one of New Zealand’s most popular cycling routes. Looking for the best things to do in

Cromwell travel guide, New Zealand
31 Aug 2020

10 of the Best Things to Do in Cromwell, Central Otago

Cromwell is less than an hour from both Queenstown and Wanaka and is a quiet alternative to those busy tourist towns. Cromwell’s main claim to fame is its brilliantly restored old town featuring many buildings from the 1800s. Another reason to visit Cromwell is to explore the many bays and

24 Aug 2020

Hiking the Sutton Salt Lake Track, Middlemarch

Sutton Salt Lake, the only inland Salt Lake in New Zealand, can be found a few minutes outside of Middlemarch, around an hour from Dunedin. It’s an interesting spot to explore and the walk is easy – it’s the perfect way to kill an hour or so! Getting to Sutton

17 Apr 2020

5 Fun Things to Do in St Bathans, Central Otago

St Bathans is a tiny former gold mining town in Central Otago which is now all but abandoned. There a several historic buildings to explore, including the Vulcan Hotel, regarded as one of New Zealand’s most haunted places. If you’re looking for a ghost experience and can’t find that 80s

14 Apr 2020

Poolburn Dam, Central Otago

Central Otago is famous for its barren, rocky hills and seemingly never-ending landscapes. It’s a unique part of New Zealand and is easy to visit, considering its close proximity to tourism heavyweights Queenstown, Wanaka and Dunedin. Poolburn Dam is a prime example of what Central Otago has to offer –

Driving to Fraser Dam, Central Otago, New Zealand
07 Dec 2019

The Scenic Drive to Fraser Dam, Central Otago

If you want to see some typical Central Otago scenery (think massive rocks, barren landscapes and wide-open spaces) the drive to Fraser Dam is a great option. You’ll head into the hills above Alexandra to Fraser Dam, a manmade lake created in the 1930s which provides water for irrigating the

Walking the Blue Lake Track, St Bathans, New Zealand
03 Nov 2019

Hiking Around Blue Lake, St Bathans

The tiny, historic town of St Bathans was a lot more bustling during goldrush times. Now it’s a peaceful place to visit on the Central Otago tourist trail (apart from all the ghosts, but more on that later). The man-made Blue Lake sits beside the main street in town and

Exploring Bendigo Historic Reserve, Central Otago, New Zealand
28 Oct 2019

Bendigo Historic Reserve, Central Otago: Exploring the Ruins of Welshtown and Logantown

Central Otago, during the goldrush times, was the most economically important region of New Zealand. Towns swelled with prospectors looking to get rich and faded as soon as it became apparent the good times were over. There are many ruins scattered around Central Otago which date back to this interesting

29 Aug 2018

Lindis Pass: A Scenic Stretch of Road Between Queenstown and Mount Cook

The journey between Queenstown and Mount Cook is a scenic one, and one of the most impressive stretches takes you through the Lindis Pass. It takes around an hour to drive and there are several places to stop along the way. It’s a great place to drive, especially in winter,

11 Jun 2018

Hiking the Conroys Dam Track, Central Otago

Despite only being an hour or so from tourism heavyweights Wanaka and Queenstown, Central Otago is a place where you can easily escape the crowds. We only saw one other person while walking the Conroys Dam Track (located in the Aldinga Conservation Area) — if you want to do a