Recreational opportunities abound in the Maniototo. Curling, golfing, forest walks, fishing, tennis and swimming are just some of the options. The Otago Central Rail Trail can be walked, biked or leave civilisation behind on the back of a horse. Take off in a 4WD vehicle and explore spectacular, rugged tussock-lands. So much to do! Be sure to book extra time during your stay to make the most of your time in the Maniototo.
It’s Winter all year round at Naseby’s indoor curling rink. Experience the thrill of curling, whatever the temperature outside. The whole family can enjoy this unique sport – it’s easy to learn and fun for all ages and abilities. There’s also a warm and inviting lounge bar to enjoy watching the action from. Join in and ‘Have a Go’ and maybe even meet some of the world’s top curlers … (more)
Mountain bikes are required on the Rail Trail, however because it was once a railway line, the gradient is not too challenging. Naseby is well known for it’s mountain bike tracks and trails. For the more adventurous, the Naseby forests many biking tracks are open to the general public. A more relaxed option is to bike along the historical water race through the forest. This is also where the annual 12-hour bike race is held. Maniototo 4WD Safaris also offer high country mountain biking experiences and access to the more unknown parts of the surrounding ranges … (more)
Sled Dog Tours
The Real Dog Equipment company has the largest kennel of Alaskan Malamutes in the Southern Hemisphere and the only two Canadian Eskimo Dogs in New Zealand that they breed, show & most importantly work in harness. Real Dog is open to the public daily. Located in SHW85, between Ranfurly and Naseby, they offer kennel tours and the chance to visit, play with and cuddle working sled dogs. Experience the thrill of a ride with a sled dog team (with or without snow). Bookings essential. … (more)
Visits gardens that have been in the same family for up to 100 years as well as young gardens which have been sympathetically landscaped with the various rocks and tussocks that can be found in the area. Tours also include the old TB Sanitorium (En Hakkore), Hamiltons Cemetery and Puketoi to Clachanburn (a garden of National Significance and a local gem) and the historic Dansey’s Pass Coach Inn … (more)
4WD Tours and Horse Treks
Explore the historic Mt Buster gold workings where the white quartz tailings are all that remains of this once very rich workings located at approx 4000 feet above sea level in the Ida Range. Reach the high country and look down onto the sprawling Maniototo Plains. The Dunstan Trail is also a very popular self drive 4WD track ….(more)
Natural Ice Outdoor Curling
Long Winters in the Maniototo inspired the introduction of curling by Scottish gold miners. In order to pass the time, rinks on frozen dams were used and stones slid along the ice much like the sport of ‘bowls’. The traditions and etiquette of curling are still part of the folklore of Central Otago. Depending on the weather, a ‘Bonspiel’ is held on the Ida Damn just out of Oturehua.
For some of the most superb fishing in New Zealand, the Taieri River is the best kept fisherman’s secret there is. In addition to the rivers, there are a number of dams and ponds. There are fishing guides in the area and a brochure is available from Ranfurly i-site detailing where to go. Licenses can be obtained in Ranfurly … (more)
Pigs, rabbits, turkeys, deer, ducks, fish and quail … Maniototo is a hunters paradise. Whether it’s a high country expedition or a quiet fish off the riverbanks of the Taieri River, hunting guides are available to assist in bagging your chosen game. Please ensure permission for access onto farmland is gained well in advance …. (more)
Tramping & Walks
Forest walks in Naseby, the Sowburn River walks in Patearoa, gentle strolls through the townships and Ranfurly’s Rural Art Deco walk or more challenging tramps. Explore the newly developed Oteake Conservation Park that takes in the St Bathans, Hawkdun, Ida and St Marys Ranges.
Naseby Swimming Dam (left) is one of the most popular spots for swimming in Maniototo but if you’re looking for more natural spots, the Kyeburn and Sowburn Rivers provide sparkling swimming holes for cooling off. The meandering Taieri River is perfect for a Kayak … maybe even take the fishing rod!
Golf & Bowls
With course fees from only $5 for 9 holes, take a swing at one of our great golf courses. Naseby Golf Course is surrounded in forest, challenge yourself on Wedderburn golf course, Maniototo Golf club is open year round and a flat nine hole golf course is available in Patearoa. Call in to the Ranfurly i-site for your ‘Golfing Central Otago’ brochure.
The first snow and ice luge track in the Southern hemisphere is open throughout the Winter months behind the International Curling Rink in Naseby. The track gives everyone the opportunity to experience the thrill of the ice at their own pace, the whole family can enjoy a day out at the annual Naseby Ice Festival & Costume Dance and enjoy all our ice adventure activities … (more)
The Outdoor Ice rink in Naseby is set amongst the forest and the rink is fun for all abilities. There are chairs for the beginners to push around and there’s tea, coffee, pies and drinks for sale and the skate rental is very reasonable. Adjacent is the Naseby Indoor Curling Rink and Ice Luge … (more)