Visiting Otago gives visitors the chance to experience some of the best activities and scenic cycle routes New Zealand has to offer. This article focuses on some of the most interesting places to see and do in Otago.
Goldfields Mining Centre
The Goldfields Mining Centre is set by the stunning Kawarau River where anybody can pan for gold as it is known for gold to still be found in the rivers.
Guided or self-guided tours are available of historic gold mining equipment. This is a fun activity for the whole family or as a group of friends.
The Highlands Motorsport Park is a big attraction for tourists and local visitors to enjoy a fun activity for friend groups and families. The racetrack provides an option to drive around the track in one of the Highlands supercars or to experience a family fun round of go-kart racing on the 650m go-karting track.
Roy’s Peak Hike Track
Roy’s Peak Hike Track is one of the most popular hiking trails in the Central Otago Region. The hike provides views of Lake Wanaka and the Mt Aspiring National Park. Hiking this trail is definitely for the more experienced hikers due to the walking time taking more than a day to finish. The trail takes you along farmlands and hillsides.
Visit the Historic Town of Ophir
The historic town of Ophir is situated in Central Otago and has quaint and characterful towns which came to existence during the Otago gold rush in the 1860s. Ophir is one of the most popular and picturesque towns to come from the gold rush and is situated in the heart of Central Otago along the rail trail.
These are some of the most popular activities to take part in when visiting the region of Otago.