About Otago Polytechnic Central Campus

Central Campus is our boutique campus in Cromwell, a growing town surrounded by rugged landscapes, lakes, vineyards and orchards.

The programmes we offer at this campus are tailor-made for the location, giving you study options such as snowsports, outdoor adventure, apiculture, horticulture, cookery with a regional focus, 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.

An easy scenic drive to Queenstown and Wanaka with their world-class ski-fields, shopping, restaurants and adventure activities, our Central Otago campus offers you a one-of-a-kind student experience. 

You get a unique experience at Central Campus

With a boutique campus like this, you're never just another learner. We're available to guide you through the application process, answer your questions, help you find accommodation and work, and welcome you to the Central Campus family. It's a personal approach that you won't find anywhere else.

The numbers speak for themselves

Our 2018 graduate survey had great results for Central Campus:

  • 97% of graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of the programmes we offer
  • 88% are employed or self-employed
  • There's been a 27% increase in our graduates' median salary since 2017

About Otago Polytechnic 

Otago Polytechnic is proud to be a leader in hands-on, career-focused education, achieving some of the best student achievement and satisfaction results in Australasia, and earning resounding endorsements from employers. 

From our beginning in 1870 with the opening of the Dunedin School of Art, we now have three campuses: Dunedin and Central Otago (for domestic and international students) and Auckland (for international students).

The numbers for all Otago Polytechnic campuses in 2018

9281 759 180+ 3
FULL- AND 
PART-TIME 
STUDENTS
FULL- AND 
PART-TIME 

STAFF
PROGRAMMES, 
FOUNDATION TO
POSTGRADUATE
CAMPUSES IN
DUNEDIN, CENTRAL
OTAGO & AUCKLAND

Our results means you can feel confident you’ll gain a top quality qualification, have an amazing and enriching time, and put yourself in a great position for a career you love!

As educators, we are looking for innovative ways to deliver our programmes and assess people’s skills. With online tools and blended delivery options, time and distance are no barriers to gaining the education you need. We can even enable people to gain credits for knowledge they have gained in their careers.

We make a difference to the environment, community and the economy through our applied research and enterprise, and our commitment to sustainability. We are pleased to partner with industries and organisations throughout the community, using our expertise to find creative solutions and opportunities.

The results from our 2018 report

83% 90% 97%

COURSE COMPLETION – FIRST EQUAL IN SECTOR

OVERALL SATISFACTION GRADUATES IN WORK OR STUDY 

We’re proud that the quality of our programmes, and the work-readiness of our graduates, is recognised far and wide.

Read our Annual Reports and Māori Annual Reports to find out how we're making a better world >