Otago has a rich history in gold mining which peaked way back in 1860 with up to 18,000 gold prospectors descending on the landscape now days the area is a mecca for tourism with many outdoor activities available year round.
Walking through many of Otago's small towns is like taking a walk back in time, with many of the buildings still standing and operating from the Gold Rush days mostly built from local materials like stone the architecture is fabulous.
There are many outdoor activities available in Otago and with the rich history of gold in the area there are many relics of the past to explore both by foot with many hiking trails, and by bicycle on three cycle trails in the area.
The most popular is the Otago Central Rail Trail, the rail trail follows the original route from Clyde to Middlemarch in central Otago, the ride takes you through old tunnels and over bridges through rugged landscapes and along river banks well worth a look.
Two other popular trails are the Roxburgh Gorge Trail, which follows the Clutha River and takes you through the Roxburgh Gorge, and the Clutha Gold Trail a fantastic ride through history with stunning landscapes and historic relics from the past.
For motorsport enthusiasts Highland Motorsport Park is located in the Otago region with racing available through out the year, there is a go-kart track available for hire so you can race your mates around the 650 metre track all gear is provided track side.
Wine lovers are catered for in Central Otago as the area is ideal for growing many varities of grapes with award winning Pinot Noir popular, there are around 80 wineries in the area with wine tasting and other local produce like cheese available on request.
Take a relaxing cruise on the Clutha River, the Heritage Cruise takes you through the historic remains of the gold rush days discover old huts that were used by the prospectors and explore preserved mines that are dotted along the Clutha River.
Lake Dunstan is a popular place for kayaking and boating in the region formed by the Clyde Dam the manmade lake is a great place to explore, Cromwell further up Lake Dunstan has many cafes and shops to keep you entertained.