Favourite places: Maniototo

If you’re a cyclist, you can’t miss the Otago Central Rail Trail. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY
If you’re a cyclist, you can’t miss the Otago Central Rail Trail. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY
As we are making great strides to see more of our own backyards, we asked people from around the South to tell us about their favourite places. Maniototo Area School pupil and cultural leader Sam Flanagan (17), of Naseby, reveals the delights of the Maniototo.

Sam Flanagan
Sam Flanagan
What I love most about the Maniototo is the incredible scenery all around. It’s a beautiful place to wake up to.

What most people don’t know about the Maniototo ...

There are countless secret dams and rivers hidden throughout the forests and hills waiting for you to discover.

A great area to stay ...

Danseys Pass is northeast of Naseby, at the foot of the ranges. But there are many great places to choose from in the Maniototo area, surrounded by the beautiful Ida Range.

The best way to start the day ...

For active types try a refreshing swim or a bike ride anywhere across the Maniototo.

For a more leisurely start, try breakfast and a coffee at one of the great cafes.

To finish off your day ...

A trip to the pub for a meal with family is always nice.

My favourite place to eat ...

You can’t go wrong with one of the steaks, pizzas or pies at the Waipiata Country Hotel.

The sun rises over Wedderburn, with the Ida Range behind. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY
The sun rises over Wedderburn, with the Ida Range behind. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY
For an experience that you won’t forget ...

After dinner check out the amazing dark skies with Naseby Night Sky Tours.

Top place to walk, run, cycle, tramp, exercise, practise yoga ...

Naseby is the perfect place for anything active, whether biking, running, swimming or tramping.

If you’re a biker, you can’t miss the Central Otago Rail Trail.

The forest on the edge of town has a network of mountain-bike trails for all levels of experience.

If you’re here in the winter, Naseby has ice-skating and curling as well as the only luge track in the southern hemisphere, which is definitely worth giving a go.

Naseby also has an indoor curling rink that hosts curling on ice all year round.

I’ve always wanted to try out ...

There and Back Discovery Tours, in Naseby, run a four-wheel-drive trip through the Mt Ida range.

The best-kept secret ...

The Maniototo has great camping and fishing spots.

For a great few days of boating and fishing, check out Falls Dam.


 

NASEBY

  • Category: Off the beaten track/ rural getaway/ back to nature/ small towns.
  • Travel time: Christchurch to Naseby 5hr, Dunedin to Naseby 2hr, Waipiata to Naseby 19min.
  • Population: About 120.
  • Average temps: Maximum summer temperature 20.6degC. Average maximum winter temperature 8.5degC.
  • Motto: 2000ft above worry level.

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