Historic Naseby has remained unchanged for more than half a century. It nestles in a shallow valley in the foothills of the Mt Ida Range surrounded by forest and tree-clad hills, 2000 feet above sea level. The plain is ringed by several impressive mountain ranges and it is a region that can be very hot in summer and invigoratingly cold in winter. For eco-tourism at its best come to Naseby.
Royal Hotel is located in Naseby on Earne Street and is in the village centre with historic hotels, shop, cafe and museums. We are 12 km from Otago Central Rail Trail and offer a pick up and return service to Rail Trail by arrangement. We cater for holiday makers, sports, work and family groups. We are only 10 minutes from Ranfurly with Art deco museum, garage, eftpos, pharmacy and grocery shops.
It is under 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Dunedin and 2 hours drive from Queenstown, with airports in both centres.
Distance to Dunedin 138km.
Distance to Queenstown 178km.
Distance to Alexandra 92km.
Distance to Christchurch 390km.
1 Earne St
Phone: +64 3 444 9990
Fax: +64 3 444 9704
Hosts: Mark and Deborah
Naseby has the only dedicated International Indoor Curling Rink in the Southern Hemisphere, where you can curl all year round. An ancient Scottish game played on the ice, Naseby also has outdoor curling on the outdoor rink next door and is open in winter for ice-skating, ice hockey and right beside that we have the Natural ice luge, all open to everyone. Naseby also hosts part of the Winter games every year.
Naseby is 10 min drive from Ranfurly and 10 min from Wedderburn, which are halfway points on the Otago Central Rail Trail which runs from Middlemarch to Clyde from Sept/Oct to April/May. This rail trail is a wonderful way to see the countryside made famous by the Artist Graham Sydney. Using Naseby as a base, you can bike (or walk) the trail as much or as little as you like and choose the route for weather or capability. Suitable for all age groups as it is easy riding. We will pick up you and your bikes on request, if you like.
Naseby is considered to be a Mecca for MTBike XC riding and one of the best sites in New Zealand. Tracks all over the forestry range from easy to extreme. While in the forestry visit the heritage sites of gold mining, sluicing, pipes and dams.
Naseby has a Goldfields heritage stretching back 150 years with gold being discovered in 1860 and a small settlement being developed. Our town and museums give quite an insight into how life was for these early settlers. We also have some famous bush poet’s, born and bred in Naseby and surrounds and you will have a chance to hear them on our Bards, Ballard’s n Bulldust weekend held in Autumn each year.
We celebrate New Year in grand style – with families and young people all attending. There are fireworks on the Naseby Green earlier in the evening and the band plays until the early hours. The New Year family fun day is held on the Naseby Green on New Years Day. There is music, old fashioned games such as the three-legged race, egg in the spoon, candyfloss, etc.
Held in nearby Ranfurly on the last weekend in February. Street performers, Noddy train, stalls, exhibitions, jazz and pipe bands, Gatsby Picnic, best dressed art deco costume, etc. Bike and run the rail trail in the Duathalon held in conjunction with the Rural Art Deco Weekend.
Mid-April. An 8km loop to suit all levels of riders, through the Naseby forest and Larchview Holiday Park.
Queen's Birthday weekend in June at nearby Oturehua. Now been a tradition for 30 years. Motor cyclists converge for a weekend of fireside, campsite socializing. For those on their way from far afield, or those who like something a bit warmer, visit and stay at the Royal! Bookings essential this weekend as we are very popular.
Link to Maniototo Curling http://www.curling.co.nz
Maniototo activities http://www.maniototo.co.nz