Descendants of George Traill Bain, who arrived in New Zealand from Scotland in 1862, gathered in Roxburgh on Saturday for a special family reunion to celebrate 150 years of their family being in the country.
A section of Fruitgrowers Rd in Clyde has been closed as a precaution after a few rocks fell on to the road overnight.
Heavy rain which began in Central Otago with a thunderstorm on Thursday evening has met a mixed reception.
Lake Roxburgh walkway, a popular running, walking and mountain biking track that runs down the true left of the Clutha River, has been closed until further notice as a safety precaution because of blasting work during construction of the Roxburgh Gorge cycle trail on the other side of the river.
A protest tent blocking the Roxburgh Gorge cycle trail was removed yesterday as negotiations about the track's future route continue.
Emergency services in Central Otago were kept busy yesterday dealing with four unrelated traffic accidents, which injured five people near Ranfurly, Ettrick and Fruitlands and at Queensberry.
In the scorching, almost breathless, heat at the Cromwell racecourse yesterday, Anthony Gorman, of Winton, was busy looking after 4-year-old gelding Curragh Abbey, and preparing the horse as well as himself for the eighth race of the day.
Some people consider it a decorative plant, others a weed, but regardless of its classification, stonecrop has been taking over Central Otago, turning hillsides, roadsides, paddocks and anything else it can grow on a brlliant shade of yellow.
The "beauty" of Lake Dunstan is the seemingly endless beaches, lake harbourmaster Shayne Hitchcock says.
As of midnight tonight, Central Otago will have a prohibited fire season in force, Central Otago principal rural fire officer Owen Burgess said yesterday.
Sunterra Bright (11), of Clyde, had been practising hard for the New Zealand National Cherry Spitting Championships, held in Cromwell yesterday and her efforts paid off with a category winning spit of 4.84m.
Racing is definitely in the blood for the Anderton family.
What were you doing at 12.30pm yesterday? Chances are you were like hundreds of others throughout the region, out and about enjoying a brilliant Otago summer's day. On the dot of 12.30pm, Otago Daily Times reporters spoke to a handful of people about what brought them to their particular location. Here are their stories.
Crockery Bob's annual sale was "very successful", Patearoa Bowling Club president John Hore, of Ranfurly, said.
Despite about a third fewer people turning out for the annual Omakau Trots than last year, the on-course turnover was about the same, Southern Harness Racing promotions officer Lindsay Beer said.
The township of Naseby, which usually boasts a population of little more than 100, swells with holiday-makers at this time of year and the evidence was clear to see in the town's park yesterday afternoon.
Police yesterday praised New Year's Eve revellers in Central Otago for their "good behaviour".
Sisters Taylor (12) and Bailey (9) McCaughan, of Alexandra, are polished talent quest competitors, something that might have given them an edge when they performed their gymnastics routine to Lady Gaga's Born This Way at Alexandra's Summer Daze talent quest, held in Pioneer Park yesterday. Pictured at right is Hannah Lindsay, of Milton.
Organisers of the inaugural Sprintcar Rockfest at the Central Motor Speedway in Cromwell last night hailed the event as a success.
Spontaneous combustion has been blamed for the loss of more than $40,000 worth of hay on a Patearoa farm early yesterday.