Lonely Planet paints pretty pic­ture of Otago

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - Naseby and Clyde: Ran­furly: Cromwell: Alexan­dra: Otago Cen­tral Rail Trail:

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.

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