Our best kept secrets are waiting for you.
The Gutbuster mountain bike race deservedly gets its name from the challenging 75km course from Garston Hotel, up over the Hector mountains, through the spectacular Nevis Valley, and over Duffer’s Saddle on the Old Woman Range. Apart from the gutbusting climbs to the summits, there is a breathtaking finish with a steep descent on the metalled Nevis Road, onto a sealed section downhill and into Bannockburn where a well deserved drink awaits you at the Bannockburn Pub.
You need to have the right safety gear heading into these mountains as you will make 25 or more river crossings and reach up to an altitude of 1300m. Anything can happen in the mountains in November! We’ve had all the seasons over the years. A 4WD ambulance and tail end Charlies are on the track to pick up the pieces. If you puncture or lose your brakes you have to be self sufficient for repairs - or a long walk.
The local landowners put on a BBQ in the middle of the Nevis Valley and give the tired riders a great welcome. The pros are going so fast that you can hardly see them for dust, especially on the white knuckle downhills. Last year the fastest rider did it in a record time of two hours 51 minutes.
Date / Time: Saturday in November. 11.00am start at Garston.
Unquestionably the best Christmas party in Central Otago. Around 8000 people in attendance, with live music, fashions on the field, wine and food tastings and much more.
After a stunningly successful third event, the Festive Fete will be back again this December 6th for the fourth time. We have have secured the "Racing Glen" at the Cromwell Racecourse, this charming spot is a beautiful park-like setting with lovely shaded trees and lawns.
We are aiming for over 100 stalls this year with a wide variety of products for sale, making it the perfect place to get all your Christmas shopping done!
Local wines will be on sale, alongside the ever popular Pimms, and a huge range of delicious food, including berries and ice-cream.
Loads of wonderful shopping, divine wine, food, and interesting demonstrations. With world-class entertainment from Jody Direen and the lovely Vanessa Kelly & the Bella Cadets, your day out in Cromwell will be one to remember.
Gates open at 10am. $10 entry fee including the Festive Fete shopping bag.
Under 14's free.
No dogs please.
This is a great holiday event with “3 races in 1” designed to cater for everyone. Starting at the Bannockburn Pub it’s a great sight to watch the field of over 500 bikers head off ‘en-mass’.
The serious guys do the Classic ride 35km’s high up into the hills above Clyde and career downhill, along the tortuous pylon track, back to the finish line at the pub. By then the family groups and little kids have successfully negotiated the Recreational ride, 10kms of gravel and farm tracks, proud of their achievements, with smiles a mile wide.
For the sporty folk who want a bit more of a challenge, there is the 22km ride over gravel roads, rough farm tracks and pylon track.
Parking is in the paddock in front of the pub and you need to be early to get a good park. The garden bar at the Bannockburn Pub is great place to relax and relive your ride with friends and family. Enjoy a sausage from the BBQ, some pub grub and replace the lost fluids. This annual event is held in late December each year.
Held on the 2nd January each year, this is a great event on the lake with options to complete either two or three disciplines, with further permutations on the water to either kayak or swim this leg – you chose.
The start/finish and transition area is at McNulty Inlet - a great location for supporters and spectators to get close to all the action. For the athletes, being on and near the lake for each leg can be challenging with likely weather changes, but well worth it.
Individuals and teams compete, so we get to watch the serious athletes as well as cheering on our family, neighbours and friends. A great day for working off the excesses of the holiday season and starting the year with a satisfying event whatever distances or disciplines you want to put your body through. Have fun and enjoy.
The draft strategy ‘Towards Better Outcomes for Central Otago’ is now available and the Central Otago Tourism Working Group is asking for feedback from you.
The strategy has been developed based on outcomes from a tourism operator surveys, inbound operator surveys as well as focus group workshops held in 2013.
If you have any comments on what is proposed in the strategy or would like to add or delete anything from the draft document please complete the submission form at the rear of the document.
The Working Group would also like to know whether you think the priorities (as set out in the Recommendations on page 5) for growing and developing tourism within Central Otago are accurate.
The last page of the document contains a submission form.
All submissions received will be considered by the Central Otago Tourism Working Group for inclusion in the final ‘Towards Better Tourism Outcomes for Central Otago’ report.
Your submission can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted, or dropped off at any Council office.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 11th July 2014.
We look forward to hearing from you.
View the Draft Tourism Strategy - Towards Better Outcomes for Central Otago (PDF)
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Central Otago's lively, growing and diverse economy welcomes skilled people and new businesses; and it supports the excellence of existing commercial sectors such as film, food, gold mining, agriculture, horticulture, power generation, viticulture, tourism, services and retail.