Central Otago attractions

Historic Building in Cromwell

Cromwell Heritage Precinct

When the Clyde Dam was completed in 1992 it flooded Cromwell's historic town centre, 280 homes, six farms and 17 orchards. Many historic buildings were disassembled before the flooding and have since been rebuilt in…
Historic Building in Lauder, Omakau & Ophir

Ophir Post Office

The most photogenic of Ophir's many heritage buildings is this still-functioning 1886 post office, the oldest continually operated post office in NZ. Drop in to get your postcard stamped with a unique Ophir postmark…
Winery in Cromwell


Around a dozen or so Bannockburn wineries are open to the public; several offer notable dining. Carrick is up there with the best, with an art-filled restaurant opening out on to a terrace and lush lawns, and a will…
Museum in Alexandra

Central Stories

Central Otago's history of gold mining, winemaking, fruit growing and sheep farming is covered in this excellent regional museum and gallery, which shares a building with the i-SITE.
Historic Site in Cromwell

Bendigo Historic Reserve

Gold was first discovered in Bendigo in 1862; relics from this era can be seen at this historic reserve, accessible via a gravel road off SH8, just north of Lake Dunstan. Sights include mine shafts and tunnels, mach…
Museum in Clyde

Clyde Historical Museums

This volunteer-run local museum showcases Māori and Victorian exhibits, and traces the construction of the Clyde Dam. You can also peep into the old council chambers. A second building, housed in the Herb Factory co…
Museum in Naseby

Maniototo Museum

The Maniototo Museum, spread across two heritage buildings, evocatively chronicles the history of the region's 19th-century settlers, run-holders, gold-miners and those who fought in the Great War.