Local Attractions and Activities

Maniototo’s vast landscape has been made famous by artists and photographers but there is much more – it is also known for its friendly locals, historic country pubs, fascinating history, quaint townships, successful farming, walking tracks, numerous cycling opportunities and home to the ancient Scottish game of curling with all its traditions. We have some options that you may wish to consider…

Central Otago Attractions

Otago Central Rail Trail

Cycle some or all of the Otago Central Rail Trail. This is easy to do by contacting one of the following rail trail businesses who will provide you with bikes and everything you need.

This is easy to do by contacting one of the tour operators listed on www.otagocentralrailtrail.co.nz

Wine Tours

Central Otago is home to many vineyards producing world renowned Pinot Noir. Before or after visiting the Maniototo take a wine tour (www.pinotthymetours.co.nz, www.appellationcentral.co.nz) or drive around the Central Otago vineyards and taste our world class wine. 

Heritage Tours and High Country Tours

For those wanting to get out and experience the remote tussocky high country of the Maniototo, half day and full day 4 wheel drive excursions are available.

www.thereandback4wd.co.nz

Ranfurly Attractions & Retail

Art Deco Gallery

Wonderful display of 1930’s memorabilia and household items housed in the Centennial Milk Bar building. The gallery also has local art works, ceramics, knitting and other souvenirs for sale.

Ranfurly I Site

Located in the restored Ranfurly Railway Station. The old station is also home to an informative railway display and historic photographs of early Ranfurly.

Lions Machinery Display

Located behind the Ranfurly Railway Station is an interesting display of historic tractors and other early implements.

The Practice

Central Otago art, gifts, coffee and good company.

Maniototo Cafe

Healthy fresh food, coffee and a range of teas in convivial surroundings.

More than Books

A store with most things you need to relax - magazines, books, ice-creams and much more.

Maniototo Pharmacy

Health related items plus gifts and souvenirs.

Naseby and beyond

Maniototo Early Settlers Museum

The story of our gold mining past and the early settlers to Maniototo.

Naseby Forest

Walking and mountain biking tracks.

Indoor Curling Rink

The ancient Scottish game of curling can be played all year in the indoor curling rink in Naseby. While there are many nuances to curling it is none-the-less a game that most can pick up and play.

At the curling rink you will be made most welcome and encouraged to ‘have a go’. It is a game of lots of fun for families and groups of friends. You will be given tuition, stones and brooms and then the rest is up to you. After your fun on the ice, stay and have a drink and watch others to see if they can play better than you!

For more information - www.curling.co.nz

Danseys Pass

Historic pub with great character (around 20 minutes from Naseby)

Patearoa and beyond

Sowburn Walking Track

One and half hour walk along the banks of Sowburn Creek.

Hamiltons Cemetary Lookout

Fantastic views over the Maniototo Plain. Great spot for photographers at sun rise or sun set.

Garden Tours

A garden of national significance. A trip to Clachanburn for a garden tour and lunch is a wonderful opportunity for any gardener or for anyone who wants to learn more about living in our part of the world.

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Hawkdun lodge is located in the town of Ranfurly in the Maniototo Plain in Central Otago. We have accommodation to suit all types of discerning travellers, whether you are an individual or group, or on a business trip.

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Diane Paterson
Hawkdun Lodge
1 Bute Street
Ranfurly 9332
New Zealand

Freephone: 0508 444 975 (NZ only)
Tel International: +643 4449 750

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