Winter in Central Otago

Central Otago has a fabulous climate. It is truely the land of four seasons.
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The hills of the Maniototo Valley in Central Otago are spectacular at any time of the year. However in late afternoon light after a dusting of snow they become a spectacle of light and shade!

The hills of the Maniototo Valley in Central Otago are spectacular at any time of the year. However in late afternoon light after a dusting of snow they become a spectacle of light and shade!

Driving the roads of the Maniototo in Central Otago is rewarded by spectacular views.

Driving the roads of the Maniototo in Central Otago is rewarded by spectacular views.

The Blue Lake at St Bathans Central Otago was created by man during the rush for Gold.

The Blue Lake at St Bathans Central Otago was created by man during the rush for Gold.

The hoar frost fog rolls back and the sun breaks through to reflect on the ice crystals left behind. A stunning Central Otago winter scene!

The hoar frost fog rolls back and the sun breaks through to reflect on the ice crystals left behind. A stunning Central Otago winter scene!

A winter hoar frost in the Fruitlands valley near Alexandra, Central Otago

A winter hoar frost in the Fruitlands valley near Alexandra, Central Otago

There are many ways of keeping warm at a Bonspiel in Central Otago.

There are many ways of keeping warm at a Bonspiel in Central Otago.

The historic buildings of St Bathans Central Otago almost look like they enjoy being nestled under a blanket of snow. Winter snowfall June 2013

The historic buildings of St Bathans Central Otago almost look like they enjoy being nestled under a blanket of snow. Winter snowfall June 2013

Bonspiel, Idaburn Dam Central Otago. When the ice reaches the right thickness the call goes out to Curlers across the nation.

Bonspiel, Idaburn Dam Central Otago. When the ice reaches the right thickness the call goes out to Curlers across the nation.

St Bathans Central Otago in stunning winter snow June 2013

St Bathans Central Otago in stunning winter snow June 2013

Picture postcard scene of typical historic Central Otago stone buildings. St Bathans June 2013

Picture postcard scene of typical historic Central Otago stone buildings. St Bathans June 2013


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St Bathans Central Otago in stunning winter snow June 2013

St Bathans Central Otago in stunning winter snow June 2013

Farm gates and tussock with snow covered Hawkduns behind, Central Otago, New Zealand

Farm gates and tussock with snow covered Hawkduns behind, Central Otago, New Zealand

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Your Favorites - Enjoy! - Trey Ratcliff | Stuck In Customs | HDR Photography Portfolio http://stuckincustoms.smugmug.com/Portfolio-The-Best/your-favorites/10668747_AuyBk#!i=2263424929=998zmRk

I’ve always wanted to get up here to take a photo! They unfortunately closed it down a few years ago to public access. When you look at the hill, it looks pretty easy to climb, but man, it isn’t. I did get permission to get up here, but it wasn’t simple. - Queenstown, New Zealand - Photo from #treyratcliff Trey Ratcliff at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com

I’ve always wanted to get up here to take a photo! They unfortunately closed it down a few years ago to public access. When you look at the hill, it looks pretty easy to climb, but man, it isn’t. I did get permission to get up here, but it wasn’t simple. - Queenstown, New Zealand - Photo from #treyratcliff Trey Ratcliff at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com

Travel Inspiration for New Zealand - Otago, South Island, New Zealand.

Travel Inspiration for New Zealand - Otago, South Island, New Zealand.

Mitchell's Cottage, Fruitlands, Central Otago. Snow flakes cling to the stone work... http://www.centralotagonz.com/mitchells-cottage

Mitchell's Cottage, Fruitlands, Central Otago. Snow flakes cling to the stone work... http://www.centralotagonz.com/mitchells-cottage

Naseby, Central Otago. Naseby winter in years gone by... http://www.centralotagonz.com/central-otago-new-zealand/gold-heritage

Naseby, Central Otago. Naseby winter in years gone by... http://www.centralotagonz.com/central-otago-new-zealand/gold-heritage

Sun breaking through on to the hoar frost coated grasses... Central Otago. http://www.centralotagonz.com/flat-top-hill

Sun breaking through on to the hoar frost coated grasses... Central Otago. http://www.centralotagonz.com/flat-top-hill

Winter storm that blew through Central Otago June 2013 left Naseby under over a metre of snow.

Winter storm that blew through Central Otago June 2013 left Naseby under over a metre of snow.

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