St Bathans
Loop Road, St Bathans, Central Otago
Free Phone 0800 555 016

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. It's 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 six 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. You step out to this unbelievable vista from Constables Cottage.

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.

Find out more about the rich history of the area and things to do.

About your host, Angela.

Angela Middleton your host at St Bathans Jail and Constables Cottage

Angela is based in nearby Dunedin and loves Central Otago and all that the St Bathans area has to offer. Even though she has been coming to St Bathans for years, she is still amazed at the beautiful landscape and history this tiny town has to offer. She likes that St Bathans is a little off the beaten track, even though it may mean that sometimes the famous Vulcan is booked out and so advises guests to bring a few provisions or book in advance in the busy period.

Angela thinks St Bathans truly has something unique to offer visitors, throughout the seasons, with its picturesque views and a rich mining history. The St Bathans Jail and Police Camp are conveniently located just a few minutes from the popular photo spot; the Blue Lake, and this is somewhere Angela always likes to stop. On her list is also the Vulcan, just two minutes’ walk away, for a coffee and a muffin.

Angela has travelled a lot herself and loves having people from all around the world share in her little patch of paradise. Winter is her favourite season at the Constables Cottage, sitting around the fireplace or walking outside in the crisp air. She also loves that feeling when you open the front door in Winter to a frozen wonderland. A keen gardener, the gardens around the cottage in spring are a real celebration of the season. Angela loves making sure guests get the best stay they can. She is always happy to help and hopes you find all the information on the website, with some history of the area and things to do, helpful.

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