Central Otago campuses

Learn beyond the classroom at our regional campuses in Cromwell and Wānaka. With qualifications tailored to make the most of this unique location, you'll get adventure, lifestyle, landscapes and skills when you study in Central Otago.

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Central Otago is as much home to the relaxed, the laid back, the outdoor adventurers and the foodies as it is to the innovators, collaborators and entrepreneurs - which is exactly what makes Central Otago the perfect place to study.

We have two campuses in Central Otago, both of which offers subjects unique to the landscape. Our Cromwell campus is where you'll find a majority of our programmes and students. Our Wānaka campus is home to our outdoors and snow sports programmes and is a satellite location for our midwifery students.

No matter which campus you study at, you'll get a unique student experience in one of the most beautiful regions of New Zealand.

Cromwell campus

Programmes offered in Central Otago are tailored to the location and the needs of local industries – giving you study options such as cookery using regional ingredients and stonemasonry using the schist that this region is built on. We even have a state-of-the-art teaching brewery if you fancy yourself as a craft brewer.

Study spaces and specialised facilities

While studying here, make the most of our extensive facilities. High country farming students can use the land to their advantage. Horticulture students can learn from the orchards and new horticulture facilities, And students get hands-on inside the purpose-built trades building.

Common rooms on campus are a great social hub to catch up with friends over a coffee, or to just take some time out of a busy day of classes. There is free WiFi available across campus and IT support for all our students.

Connect with real world experience

Our students work on real projects in real workplaces – and our connections with local businesses mean there’s plenty of work experience available too. You might find yourself working on an orchard, or managing a sports turf as part of your studies.

With a campus like this, you're never just another learner. We're available to guide you through a programme start to finish, answer your questions and, help you find work in the industry.

Campus information

Call: 0800 765 9276 or +64 3 445 9900 (international)
Email: central@op.ac.nz
Address: Bannockburn Road, Cromwell, New Zealand 9310
Postal address: PO Box 16, Cromwell, New Zealand 9342

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Learn and play

Our Central Otago campuses offer classrooms surrounded by rugged landscapes, lakes, vineyards and orchards. You’ll find yourself skiing and snowboarding in winter, then hiking trails and kayaking in summer.

Wānaka campus

New Zealand’s best outdoor classroom and the country’s epicentre of outdoor pursuits.

Outdoor Adventure, Snowsport and Avalanche students get their own modern campus building in Wānaka with easy access to the surrounding mountains, rivers and powdery slopes, collaborating with local businesses such as Cardrona Alpine Resort . Learn from some of the most passionate and dedicated outdoor educators in New Zealand. This campus is also a satellite location for our Bachelor of Midwifery students.

Campus information

Call: 0800 765 9276 or +64 3 445 9900 (international)
Email: central@op.ac.nz
Address: First Floor/15 Cliff Wilson Street, Wānaka 9305
Postal address: PO Box 16, Cromwell, New Zealand 9342

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“I never knew you could study anything like this before. The people, the environment, there's a big sense of community here. Everyone knows everyone and we're always outside whether that be on a hike or having a BBQ by the lake”

Hannah Bewg

Outdoor Adventure

Wānaka campus

Student accommodation in Central Otago

We have nine, five-bedroom houses on campus. Each house is self-contained, and fully-furnished with a well equipped kitchen, laundry, living area, single bedrooms and WiFi. Our houses are new builds with double glazing and a high level of insulation for those chilly central Otago winters.

Plus, there’s always flatting, studio, hostel and homestay options available.

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Explore our campuses

We’d love to give you a guided tour around our campuses, so you can get a real feel for what its like to be a student at Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, Cromwell or Wānaka.