66 Derwent Street, Naseby, New Zealand

Naseby is a small historic gold-mining town located in Central Otago, 15km from Ranfurly and the Central Otago Rail Trail. Naseby gets the typical Central Otago hot sunny weather in summer, and, if you're lucky, some good snow falls in winter.

With a population of around 100, Naseby has escaped the commercialisation of many Central Otago towns. This relatively untouched gem is popular with locals year-round and provides visitors with that true New Zealand hospitality and experience.

At 2000 feet (600 metres) above sea level, Naseby has a special tranquil atmosphere where you can truly relax and soak in the history.

Naseby is home to the Top Pub (Ancient Briton) with an award winning menu where you can try some of the local delicacies. And in the morning, you can't miss the relaxing atmosphere and fantastic food at the Black Forest Café.

Naseby Holiday Cottages are located at 3 different locations within the town. All very central with a 500m walk one way to the Curling Rink, Ice skating and luge, and a 500m walk the other way to the village centre with café, store and historic pub.

Naseby Holiday Cottages is a perfect base when visiting the beautiful Maniototo. It's a short drive to St Bathans, Idaburn, Oturehua, Oteake Conservation Park, Falls Dam, to name just a few of the local attractions. Or leave the car parked and enjoy walking in the beautiful forests or take a walk around the historic town itself with a self-tour pamphlet, taking in the museum, the athenaeum, the domain (yes we've got a fantastic domain still used for all those local sports events), and our "old school style" swimming damn.

Distances

Naseby Holiday Cottages is the following distance by road to:

  • Ranfurly (Central Otago Rail Trail) – 15km
  • Dunedin – 138km (international airport)
  • Queenstown – 178km (international airport)
  • Wanaka – 170km
  • Christchurch – 390km

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

Whether you're interested in cycling, nature walks, winter activities or enjoying time to relax, Naseby has something for everyone. Take the plunge and book a break in this beautiful, historic town. Without leaving Naseby you have the options of: forest walking, mountain biking, picnicking at the local swimming damn, tennis, golf, bowls, petanque, orienteering, gold panning, to name just a few activities.

Indoor curling

Indoor curling

If you've considered trying curling, but thought it looked too difficult, think again! Indoor Curling is a lot easier than you may think! Forget the professionals – Curling is for everyone! Bring your whole family and head down to the rink. The indoor rink is open year around.

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Outdoor curling, ice skating and luge

Outdoor curling, ice skating and luge

As the weather turns cold, we welcome the snow and ice and the opening of the outdoor ice skating rink, also used for curling, and the winter luge.

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Mountain Biking in Naseby

Mountain Biking

If you haven't been mountain biking in Naseby, it's time you did. Over 50km of forestry tracks, ranging in level from beginner to terrifying. Don't worry though, they're all well marked to keep you on track . Check out the trails on Trailforks, pick up a local map, or have a chat to Neil and Jill who ride the trails regularly.

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Naseby Night Skies Tours

Naseby Night Skies

Naseby is well on the way to achieving International Dark Sky Accreditation, and when you look up at night it's easy to see why. The Naseby skies are absolutely stunning. Enjoy just gazing up at the sky, or join a local tour.

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4 Wheel Drive Tours

4 Wheel Drive Tours

Quality 4WD adventures through Central Otago's back country in comfort and safety with experienced guides. Specialising in adventures to Mount Buster and Oteake Conservation park formerly the Mount Ida Syndicate.

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Otago Rail Trail

Otago Rail Trail

Steeped in history, this pioneering cycle trail offers a 152km scenic journey into the Central Otago heartland. Named after the old railway line, built between 1891 and 1907, the Otago Central Rail Trail is New Zealand's original 'Great Ride'. It travels through big-sky country where cyclists traverse ever-changing dry and rocky landscapes, high-country sheep stations, spectacular river gorges, tunnels and viaducts. We have local providers in Naseby, and also a local company providing transfers to and from Naseby for Rail Trail riders. Contact Jill and Neil for more information.

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St Bathans

St Bathans

Steeped in history with a dazzling landscape, St Bathans is famed for its startling Blue Lake and the Vulcan Hotel, said to be haunted. Established in 1863, this Central Otago town once consisted of more than 2000 miners and a surprising 13 hotels. Now the permanent population is less than 10. View restored stone fences, the Anglican Church, bank, stone houses, school ruins, Catholic Church and billiard hall. A highlight is the two-storey high Kauri Post Office (1909).

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Idaburn

Idaburn

The Ida Valley lies between the Manuherikia Valley and the Plains of the Maniototo in the Central Otago region of New Zealand. Famous New Zealand artist Graeme Sydney has explored the Valley's fascinating landscapes in a number of his works. The "Valley" has a rich gold mining heritage and is still home to generations of farming families who's names adorn the sign posts of the various side roads and back roads.

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Falls Dam

Falls Dam

Falls Dam is situated on Loop Road 10km east of St Bathans. The power house was constructed in 1935 and generates 1,250 kW of electricity. When you're driving on Loop Road look out for the sign Fiddlers Flat Road which lead into the Dam wall. It is very photogenic with the Hawkdun Mountains in the background. Take your rod and camera and enjoy a pleasant day in this peaceful setting.

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Oteake Conservation Park

Oteake Conservation Park

Explore and experience Oteake, a vast landscape of golden tussock and changing light. Oteake is 65,000 hectares of mountainous high country, tussock plateaus, scree slopes, shrubland and wetland. The distinctive flat-topped Hawkdun Range is the park's centrepiece; often featured in painting, photography, poetry and prose.

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upcoming events of Naseby Central Otago

Events Worth Visiting For

July 21st : Ice Festival (indoor and outdoor activities/food stalls)
August 10-12 : NZ Mixed Doubles
August 26-30 : Winter Games
September 1-2 : South Island Schools - (Dunedin)
September 14-16 : NZ Seniors - (Dunedin)
September 28-30 : NZ Secondary Sschools - (Dunedin)
September 27-30 : Australian Event - Limited public curling
March 22-24 2019 : MCI Doubles - Limited public curling