Plan your journey
The Central Otago Touring Route is a journey through dramatic landscapes full of natural wonders, unique attractions and activities – along with warm local welcomes that makes Otago such a memorable place to visit.
Arriving by air is easy. There are airports at either end of the Touring Route with major airlines serving both Queenstown and Dunedin with regular flights from within New Zealand.
Queenstown airport - https://www.queenstownairport.co.nz/
Dunedin Airport - https://dunedinairport.co.nz/
Rental Cars & Campervans
Most major car and campervan rental fleet providers have options available ex Dunedin and Queenstown.
Note: New Zealand has some restrictions on the use of rental vehicles on gravel roads, so be sure to check any limitations with your chosen rental company before detouring off the main touring route. It is also highly recommended to ensure you have adequate travel insurance.
Fuel stops can be found at convenient locations along the touring route. In more remote towns fuel pumps may be card only so plan ahead to ensure you have sufficiently topped up for the next section of your journey.
Road conditions are generally excellent with good quality, uncongested roads.
In winter, the weather is rarely extreme but our road conditions can change with frost, ice and snow so extra care is advised. Gravel roads exist in rural areas and some may be closed through the winter period.
For up to date road conditions check the NZTA travel planner or download the 'The Central App' for local Central Otago road reports.
Electric Vehicle Charging
Rapid chargers along the Central Otago Touring Route allow you to plug in, and slow down.
Along the route you can connect in with rapid charge facilities available in Queenstown, Cromwell, Alexandra, Omakau, Ranfurly, Middlemarch and Dunedin.
TESLA CHARGING STATIONS
Hawkdun Rise Vineyard & Accommodation - 214 Letts Gully Rd, Alexandra. Phone: +64 3 448 7782
Highlands Motorsport, Innovation & Technology Park - SH6 & Sandflat Rd, Cromwell. Phone: +64 3 445 4052