What to Do

There are so many things to do, or not to do when you visit Naseby - you choose.

Stroll around the 
historic town

Pick up a walking brochure from the Info Centre, and visit the many existing historic buildings, and find some places where buildings such as the local hospital used to be.
Mountain biking

Take a relaxing ride along the water-race, or push yourself a little harder on the 50km plus of mountain bike tracks within the Earnslaw One Recreation area.  
The tracks are well labelled, with maps at the Swimming Dam and Hoffmans Gully.

Never tried it?  So much fun.  And the team at the Curling Rink are only to happy to share their skills and knowledge.  It's a fun and easy sport to play, not so easy to master to the level of the many local world class curlers, but keep an eye on the local calendar and come and watch the many top international competitions held in Naseby.  You'll be impressed.

Night Sky

Naseby as been identified as having some of the best night sky viewing in New Zealand.  Being such a small town there is no light pollution, so when you look up at night you really do get that "wow" sensation.
Local Tours

Take advantage of the local's knowledge and book a local tour.  Whether it be a Night Skies tour, a 4WD trip up Mount Buster, a bike trip or one of the many other options.

Ice Skating

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 Naseby Swimming Dam is situated at the end of Swimming Dam Road.  This is also a good location to park for a walk or mountain bike ride into the forest.


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 on the Ranfurly/Naseby 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 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.

Naseby Tours