Central is a unique learning space. Our campus offers a range of facilities to ensure you successfully complete your programme – and enjoy yourself along the way!
Make the most of our extensive facilities during your time at Central. We have three main campuses, our town site which houses our cookery programmes and an extensive teaching kitchen facility. Our new campus on Bannockburn Road where you will find the majority of our programmes are based. This facility includes a purpose-built trades building, teaching brewery, administration block, classrooms, common room, orchards, sports turf facility and our brand new horticulture facility.
Central has a collection of books and online resources that relate to our programmes. Speak to your lecturers about accessing these.
You can also borrow books and resources from The Robertson Library, located on our Dunedin Campus.
We have student common rooms at both the town site and two at the Bannockburn Road campus. The common rooms are a great social hub for students who want to catch up with friends, have lunch, a cup of tea or coffee, study or just take some time out from a busy day of classes.
There is free wifi available for our students at each campus. We also offer IT support for those that require it. For IT Support please contact our dedicated IT team on:
Phone: 0800 765 948 (New Zealand)
Bannockburn Horticulture Centre
The Bannockburn Road Horticulture Centre is a thriving 10-hectare horticultural hub, consisting of a commercial cherry orchard, a research vineyard and a commercial plant production nursery, where students gain practical hands-on experience, enabling our graduates to be very well prepared for employment in a range of horticultural situations.
In our orchard, students tend, prune, irrigate and care for 1800 sweet cherry trees. The real-world practical fruit production experience is reinforced by the actual sale of the cherries, including from our fruit stall at the gate. Graduates are sought after by the rapidly expanding local industry.
In the research vineyard, students care for 2200 grape vines which produce Central Otago's flagship wine, Pinot Noir, as well as Chardonnay. Students also participate in a range of viticultural trials underway in our vineyard, gaining both technical and practical knowledge.
Central’s horticulture students also develop their ‘green thumbs’ and become keen and able propagators in our commercial plant nursery. This brand new nursery facility, completed in 2020, has a range of modern growing facilities including a fully automated 640m2 glasshouse. In addition to eco-sourcing seeds of local native species, we specialise in growing plants suitable for the challenging climate of the region, and those that will flourish with minimal watering. Along with growing bulk orders of some species, the Central Plant Nursery hosts plant sales each year which draw people from throughout Central Otago.