Arts and Culture


Central Otago’s dramatic and untamed scenery has naturally attracted the attention of artistic people. Come and meet these artisans and see why they feel so passionately about their surroundings.

This is a land awash with changing colour and dramatic landscapes, that have inspired many artists to pick up a brush or a pen, or any tool that will help them capture a sense of their surroundings.
A camera is one way that we can all capture our memories of this distinctive place. The dry climate here also produces clear natural light, which is perfect for photographers.
Drive around the back roads to visit artist galleries and discover the hidden talent out there – painters, sculptors, potters, jewellers, fabric and print artists – it’s all a good excuse to explore the countryside. Check the Arts Trail website for studios that welcome visitors in the Maniototo and Alexandra/Clyde areas - and why not take an artwork home as unique memento of your Central Otago trip?

And there are some great cafes and wonderful wineries to complete your day - or call in at friendly country pubs (aka the “Ale Trail”) and meet the “salt-of-the-earth” people who live here.