Central Otago District

Central Otago District is local government district in New Zealand. It is administered by the Central Otago District Council and it is in the Otago region, the top tier of local government in New Zealand. The major towns in the district are Alexandra (the seat of local government), Cromwell, Roxburgh, Clyde and Ranfurly. The district covers 9,968 km2 (3,849 sq mi), making it the fourth-largest district in New Zealand by area, and is home to 23,900 people as of June 2020.[1]

Central Otago District
CountryNew Zealand
DistrictCentral Otago District Council
  MayorTim Cadogan
  Deputy MayorNeil Gillespie
  Total9,968.38 km2 (3,848.81 sq mi)
  Land9,933.34 km2 (3,835.28 sq mi)
 (June 2020)[1]
  Density2.4/km2 (6.2/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
  Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
Area code(s)03
WebsiteCentral Otago District Council

The Central Otago District is part of what is informally known as Central Otago. It was formed in 1989 from the merger of the former Vincent and Maniototo Counties. The current mayor is Tim Cadogan, who comfortably unseated the incumbent, Tony Lepper in the 2016 local elections.[2] Mr Cadogan polled 5047 votes, more than double that polled by Mr Lepper, with 2521 votes. Cadogan was reelected with an increased majority in 2019.[3]


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [4]

Central Otago District had a population of 21,558 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 3,663 people (20.5%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 4,914 people (29.5%) since the 2006 census. There were 8,682 households. There were 10,977 males and 10,581 females, giving a sex ratio of 1.04 males per female. Of the total population, 3,651 people (16.9%) were aged up to 15 years, 2,997 (13.9%) were 15 to 29, 10,005 (46.4%) were 30 to 64, and 4,908 (22.8%) were 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 91.9% European/Pākehā, 8.4% Māori, 2.3% Pacific peoples, 2.7% Asian, and 1.9% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people may identify with more than one ethnicity).

The percentage of people born overseas was 14.6, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 53.5% had no religion, 37.7% were Christian, and 2.2% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 2,832 (15.8%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 3,654 (20.4%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $33,300. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 9,615 (53.7%) people were employed full-time, 2,991 (16.7%) were part-time, and 276 (1.5%) were unemployed.[4]

Urban areas

The Central Otago district has three towns with a population over 1,000: Cromwell (6,480), Alexandra (5,790), and Clyde (1,200). Together they are home to 56.4% of the district's population.[1]

See also