One of the most appealing things about visiting Central Otago is the slower pace of life, the peace, tranquillity, open spaces and lack of population. Driving through rows of vineyards and orchards, and alongside beautiful lakes and spectacular mountain ranges, there is a feeling that life in this part of New Zealand has always been this relaxed.
However in the 1860s and 70s life was quite different due to one thing…..gold! During this period the region went through a huge increase in population and the landscape was changed forever as thousands of people from as far away as America and China dug and washed away millions of cubic metres of hillsides and riverbanks in their search for gold. Continue reading