Lonely Planet paints pretty picture of Otago
The world’s most popular travel guide, Lonely Planet, has released its latest edition and has plenty to say about Central Otago. The edition also pays tribute to the people of New Zealand, saying they have suffered a tough few years having endured the Pike River coalmine explosion, the Rena oil spill, two Christchurch earthquakes and the vagaries of the global economy. Here is a little of what the authors have to say:
compete for the title of New Zealand’s cutest towns and rugged, laconic ‘‘Southern Men’’ types can be seen propping up the bar in backcountry hotels.
has a charming lakeside historic precinct, a great weekly farmers’ market and, courtesy of local farms and orchards, a few good eateries.
Unless you go there for the Easter Bunny Hunt or September’s NZ Merino Shearing Championships, the best reason to visit Alexandra is the nearby mountainbiking.
Excellent trailside facilities, no steep hills, gob-smacking scenery and profound remoteness.
is trying hard to cash in on its art deco buildings
Golden touch: Bannockburn artist Alan Waters with his sculpture he has designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the discovery of gold in Central Otago.
Naseby: As cute as a button.
Our place: The newest edition of Lonely Planet’s New Zealand travel guide.