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Heritage in Central Otago

Central Otago has a rich heritage that provides a strong sense of identity and belonging. The region's heritage tells the stories of how the land was formed as well as the people and creatures that passed through and/or stayed in the area. well as who we are as a district. 

The district is blessed with a wealth of museums, heritage buildings, and heritage organisations - many of these are listed within the Community Directory. Also listed is a fabulous array of heritage-related events.

Central Otago Heritage Strategy

"Central Otago's heritage is a living habitat that is to be respected, valued, protected, preserved, celebrated, promoted and community-owned for present and future generations."  A district-wide strategy, developed by the Central Otago Heritage Trust, provides the framework for protecting and celebrating our heritage Taonga. 

Central Otago Heritage Strategy 2018 and Heritage Plan 2018 were developed hrough extensive consultation with heritage sector groups, and used the community-generated Towards Better Heritage Outcomes for Central Otago 2012 report as a base document.  The Central Otago Heritage Strategy and Heritage Plan (Version Two) are working documents that will be revised and updated by the heritage sector, as required.

Heritage 'Happenings"

Central Otago Golfields Trust is coordinating another outstanding horse riding, walking and mountain biking cavalcade through breath-taking Otago goldfields trails.  Click here to learn more.

If you are visiting the Cromwell Heritage Precinct, look out for a newly-installed plaque on the Grain and Seed Store.  This plaque was installed last year in recognition of internationally reknowned war surgeon Douglas Waddell Jolly. Here is an article from the Otago Daily Times to provide a bit more detail.

Heritage Funding

There are a number of funding sources available for heritage-related projects. For more information on funding, click here.

Community Directory
This is a great place to play! Central Otago is renowned for outdoor pursuits from adventure sports to gardening. Such a lifestyle is possible because of the climate, rivers and lakes and mountains. Whether your interest is walking, fishing, golf, mountain biking, or more gentle pursuits such as the arts and heritage trails, it is readily accessible. Read More

Places to Live
The Central Otago community consists of a variety of small towns which offer a wide range of services. Whether it is the bigger townships of Alexandra or Cromwell or the smaller service towns of Roxburgh, Ranfurly, Naseby, Omakau or Clyde, each town has its own unique style and lifestyle. Read More
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Food & Wine
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