- 1 Thinking About Where to Stay in Central Otago?
- 1.1 Accommodation is (almost) everything to anyone travelling abroad
- 1.2 When in Alexander and Clyde
- 1.3 When in the Ranfurly and Naseby Area
- 1.4 When in the Cromwell and Bannockburn Area
Thinking About Where to Stay in Central Otago?
Accommodation is (almost) everything to anyone travelling abroad
Actually, if accommodation is your main concern, then you don’t really have much to worry about. You have an endless array of choices: you can opt to stay in a luxury lodge that’ll fill your tummy with gourmet meals, as well as fill your eyes with stunning vistas of snow-dusted mountain ranges, big skies and empty spaces. Or, you can also be the more extroverted type and enjoy the comradeship that comes with sharing facilities and yarns with other travellers at a backpacker lodge. Of course, you can also go for the modest in-between – bed and breakfast, farmstay, homestay, self contained, holiday home, hotel, motel and holiday park.
(Before you shop online for your accommodation, though, make sure you get the right promo codes so that you can save as much as you can.)
When in Alexander and Clyde
The Alexander and Clyde area is a popular base for people riding the Otago Central Rail Trail and the Roxburgh Gorge Trail. As for the surrounding area, it’s also home to several wineries, not to mention famous for stone fruit orchards. For a quiet getaway discover some of the older townships situated along the Otago Central Rail Trail; Becks, Chatto Creek, Lauder, Omakau, Ophir or St Bathan all have a range of accommodation options.
When in the Ranfurly and Naseby Area
If you’re into seeing some vintage escapes, then the old gold mining towns of Naseby, St Bathans and Patearoa is definitely the perfect Central Otago area for you. For one thing, you can marvel at the restored 1930’s art deco architecture of Ranfurly which is the Maniototo’s main township and an art deco oasis. In Oturehua visit Hayes Engineering Works an the delightful Gilchrists’ General Store.
Also, if you’re the active, riding type, then you’ll surely enjoy riding the Otago Central Rail Trail, mountain biking in Naseby Forest, fishing in the Taieri River, four wheel driving in the Oteake Conservation park, or trying their hand at curling at Maniototo Curling International.
When in the Cromwell and Bannockburn Area
If you’re looking for a location where you can swim, fish, or go boating, then the Cromwell and Bannockburn area is what you’re looking for. It’s an idyllic location for swimming, fishing, boating and other watersports. Explore the town through a network of cycling and walking trails take you around the lake to hidden picnic spots, past orchards and vineyards.