Naseby, nestled at the foot of the Ida Mountain Range on the New Zealand South Island, is a wonderful place to go when you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Here are some of the recreational activities that are available in the area.

Walking And Biking Tracks

Naseby can lay claim to being the mountain biking capital of Otago with a wide variety of tracks in the Naseby Forest and in a specially developed area on Channel Road about 200 metres from the Curling Centre.

Most of the biking and walking tracks are situated within the Naseby Forest area. The forest is privately owned by Ernslaw One Ltd who have generously allowed their forestry area to be used for walking and biking. They have produced a brochure which details their conditions of entry and it includes a map of the tracks available. Because of the ever present fire danger throughout the year, there will be many days when the forest is closed.

Closing times are determined by the reading taken at 1 pm each day and posted on the National Rural Fire Authority website. The Tourism Central Otago website, linked to the Naseby Vision site, also has this information. When you are asked by forestry staff to vacate the forest, please do so as quickly as possible. These requests are made in the interests of safety for those using the forest. If a fire should start, and you have not complied with the request to leave, there is no guarantee that anyone will know of your presence within the forest boundaries. Please exercise caution and check with company about conditions before driving to Naseby.

Biking to Deep Stream from Naseby, over the Pig and Whistle, and then back down to the Danseys Pass road is an alternative route if the forest is closed. Really put your pedal to the metal and ride round the many roads in the Maniototo Plain as well as biking the sections of the Rail Trail closer to Naseby.

Naseby walking and biking tracks. Click to see a larger version.

Naseby area recreation map to open a larger version.

Walking Durations

A to C: Coalpit Dam to Hoffman's Dam - 1 hour
C to D: Hoffman's Dam to Translator Road - 1 1/2 hour
D to E: Translator Road to Hog Burn - 1/2 hour
F to G: From Naseby via Cemetery, Hoffman's Dam, Coalpit Dam and Species Walk, return via Hog Burn to Naseby - 6 hours

Curling and Ice Skating

Maniototo Curling International at Naseby operates all year round and is believed to be the only dedicated indoor curling rink in the southern hemisphere. The rink is kept busy with curling competitions throughout the year, but there is still plenty of time available for people who have not yet tried the sport to drop in and have a go at it. The rink provides the equipment and coaching if required.

The Maniototo Ice Rink opened in 1991 on the site of what was formerly Brown's Pond. The season lasts from June to August. This outdoor ice skating rink is popular with families for a day on the ice. Ice skates and curling equipment are available for hire and a canteen provides refreshments. The rink hosts a full programme of ice hockey and curling competitions during the season.

Across the road from the artificial outdoor rink, the Centennial Pond's natural ice caters for traditional curling competitions.

Ice Luge

The Southern Hemisphere's only outdoor ice luge operates during the winter months and is located between the Maniototo Ice Rink and the International Curling Centre. As well as being available for recreational use its also the training venue for New Zealand's international luge team


The Larchview Holiday Park is a popular site for campers and caravans on a year round basis and particularly so during the holiday periods.


The Naseby Swimming Dam is situated opposite the Holiday Park on Translator Road.


Coalpit Dam is an excellent picnic spot (with toilet facilities) and popular with families. The dam has both brown and rainbow trout in its waters. Although it is not a deep dam all methods of fishing are used, with spin anglers having the best success, using very small wobblers and veltics. Coalpit Dam also has a boat ramp.

Hoffman's Dam has no vehicle access and you have to walk in 300 m from the carpark. The dam, stocked with both brown and rainbow trout, is very deep and bait anglers should fish close to the edge. All methods of fishing are used, but fly fishing is more successful in the evening using small sedge patterns.

Hoffman's Dam is also good for ice skating in the winter:

Goldfields Heritage Trail

The old gold claim workings near Naseby has a distinctly historic quality. The rawness of the sluice-scarred hills exposed in the former gold-mining days has now been softened by the spread of wilding trees. It is possible to walk or ride mountain bikes through the gold workings. Spend time in the Early Settlers Museum at Naseby and then step back through time in the Watchmaker's Shop and Jubilee Museum. Brochures settling out the heritage trail are available from the Naseby Information Centre, local hotels and motels, Naseby Store, the Black Forest Café and from iSites throughout Central Otago.


Naseby Golf Club's attractive 9 hole course is located opposite the Black Forest on the Naseby Ranfurly Road, about 2 kms south of the Naseby town centre. Casual green fees are very modest and club days are every Sunday. The club also has a number of special tournaments over the summer holiday season.


Naseby's Bowling Club celebrated it's centenary in 2012 - Visitors are very welcome at the green.


There are two tennis courts available in Naseby and there is also a Fives Court.

The town with its gold-miner's cottages remain much the same as in the last century and walking through the old town gives a good impression of what the town used to be like during the gold rush days.


The petanque courts have now been cleaned up, and are available for use.  There is a donation box on the gate.  So go and enjoy a fun and social game next time you're looking for something to do.  You will need to bring your own balls (is that what they're called??).  The courts are located next to the Fire Station.