St Bathans
Loop Road, St Bathans, Central Otago

About St Bathans Jail and Constables Cottage

About St Bathans Jail and Constables Cottage

Constable's Cottage is located beside the Blue Lake, St Bathans, Central Otago. Built in 1882, this was the police constable's house until the police station closed in 1940. The Constables Jail is the perfect place to stay while you explore the historic gold mining town of St Bathans and other places around Central Otago. The Otago Central Rail Trail is nearby (17 km away) and there are historic towns, vineyards and more to visit, or explore the wild, wonderful spaces of Oteake Conservation Park, right next door.

New Zealand’s fabled ghost town, in 1864 the population numbered nearly 1000; now the town has 12 permanent residents. Today, it’s popular with many tourists travelling on the ever-popular Central Otago Rail Trail or people passing through on their way to the ski fields.

St Bathans originally lay in a small gully. After a decade of mining, Kildare Hill, which enclosed the town on one side, had been flattened and by 1936, as a result of extensive hydraulic mining, there was a lake. The lake bottom was some 40 metres below the town's main street and was filled with mineral enriched water. This is what has given the lake its surreal blue appearance.

The St Bathans Jail and Constables Cottage join many historic buildings in the town, with the St Bathans Hall the oldest continually used mud brick hall in New Zealand. The St Bathans Jail and Constables Cottage still enjoy many original features and handpicked heirlooms from the buildings' rich history.


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