Otago

Queenstown

Located in the centre of the South Island, inland from Dunedin, Central Otago comprises a series of river basins and deep river gorges.

Central Otago is the only region in New Zealand to experience a near continental climate, having the hottest summers and coldest winters in New Zealand. Old trails that provided access for thousands of miners in the gold rush of the 1860s can still be seen winding over the hills, along with stone cottages, cleverly engineered water channels, mines and machinery associated with the gold rush.

Alexandra, the main town on the Clutha River, is the centre for stone fruit, particularly golden apricots.

Queenstown is the Southern Hemisphere's premiere four season alpine and lake resort. The town follows the shores of Lake Wakatipu—a deep blue pool of pure mountain water. Framing the picture is The Remarkables range with its purple-brown peaks topped with snow. Swathes of green decorate the area between town and mountain top.

Key Crops Grown: Paeonie, Eremurus