The Royal Hotel is closed for the winter period and plans for the spring are to be advised

Welcome to Royal Hotel, Naseby

Peter and Lorraine welcome you to Royal Hotel, which is conveniently located in Naseby, a historic gold mining town in Central Otago, being a relic of the past and situated in a beautiful unique setting and located minutes from the Otago Central Rail Trail. We now have free WiFi.

The hotel was recently awarded AA Traveller Recommended 2016 based on reviews placed by their customers. Thank you all.


The Royal Hotel opened in October 1863 under the ownership of Andrew Morrison and Co. It was one of three hotels constructed when the town was shifted to its present site. It is the oldest remaining hotel, dating from a time when there were more than 22 hotels in Naseby and about 10 percent of the population were publicans.

Cobb n Co's horses were moved over to the stables at the Royal Hotel in March 1870 and the service was then run for many years by the proprietor at the time. Stables were built at the end of Earne St, where the Hotel cars now park.

The "New" Royal Hotel was opened in April 1879, and comprised of an additional wing of accommodation joining the original bar area. The frontage was re-clad in 10 inch rusticated weatherboards and had elaborate Victorian pilasters and entablature across the front. It now also had a separate door for guests to enter the premises. This was a first for Naseby and was well received by the ladies who found it embarrassing to walk through the bar to their lodgings. The Hotel frontage has been classified in Category B by the Historic Places Trust and it has been returned to its original Victorian wooden exterior.

Bar and Restaurant

The atmosphere of the Royal Hotel is an experience still much appreciated by locals and visitors alike - its spirit is always friendly, personal and informal. The ambience of the 150 years (in 2013) of hospitality is all around you.

It is a hotel for all seasons - in summer, in the shade of a large sun umbrella, it is easy to enjoy a cold Kiwi beer, a local expresso and homemade biscuits and cakes, or a chilled, award-winning Central Otago wine In autumn and spring enjoy walking, biking or sightseeing in town and our museums and then spend late afternoon basking in the sun looking at the wonderful changing colours of the rowan and larch trees. Beer garden with playground for families available.

In winter enjoy a roaring open log fire in the bar, a glass of mulled wine or your favourite beer after a day’s curling, fishing, golfing or mountain biking.

For contemporary and scrumptious food, dine at the Royal Hotel. Relax in the ambience of our comfortable and delightful Bar and Restaurant and enjoy a wide range of cuisine options, made from New Zealand's finest and freshest ingredients. Take away menu available.

Outdoor bar and dining seats 20. Discounts available for group dining or accommodation bookings.

Banquet Room seats 30. (Also available for small conferences and meetings.)

Cooked or continental breakfast available on request.

Naseby Accommodation

We have nine ground-floor bedrooms in all, sleeping 21 persons. Redecorated and refurbished double rooms with ensuites. One double, 3 twin rooms, 1 triple room, 1 bunk room sleeping four, all sharing showers and toilet facilities. The rooms have been refurbished with spacious shower rooms with high water pressure. An accessible toilet and bathroom for disabled patrons available as an ensuite to a Queen room.

From the warm, spacious, comfortably furnished accommodation you can enjoy the many varied attractions of this beautiful area.

spacious double room

Double Room


1 Double room without ensuite, Queen bed, electric blanket, heated room, share shower and toilet facilities, warm and comfortable.


Ensuite room

Double Room with ensuite


1 Double room with ensuite, King bed, electric blanket, heated room, warm and comfortable. Two Double rooms with ensuite, Queen bed, electric blanket, heated room, warm and comfortable.


Bunk room with shared bathroom

Bunk Room


Bunk room (sleeps four), 3 twin rooms, 1 triple room, all single beds, electric blanket, heated rooms, share shower and toilet facilities, warm and comfortable.