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

Things to do in St Bathans

There are so many things to do in St Bathans and the surrounding Central Otago area.

Sit back, relax and do nothing!

St Bathans Constables Cottage

That’s right, do nothing. Spend the day in the sun on the verandah of the Constables Cottage and watch the light and colours change on Blue Lake below. Light a fire in winter and enjoy a good book. St Bathans is great for those after a bit of rest and recreation.

Department of Conservation information on St Bathans area

Walk around the Blue Lake

Take an easy short walk (30 min to an hour) around the Blue Lake. Look at the old sluicings and remnants of the goldmining days on the Department of Conservation walkway around the Blue Lake.

Blue Lake Walk

Explore St Bathans Gold Mining town

Explore St Bathans and its buildings. An old mining town with a rich history in Central Otago, read more about the historic places and structures in St Bathans by visiting Heritage New Zealand. The Vulcan Hotel, St Bathans Hall and St Albans church are just some of the St Bathans listed heritage structures. Enter St Bathans in the location box on the Heritage NZ website for more information.

Heritage NZ

Walk two minutes to the Vulcan Hotel

Possibly the best scones in New Zealand, the Vulcan Hotel can book out in busy season so be sure to book if you’re travelling at peak times.

Tripadvisor the Vulcan Hotel

Adventure horse trekking

This company, based in Waimate, takes guests horse trekking through the Dunstan Ranges and other locations between St Bathans and Omarama. St Bathans - and our Police Camp - are often a destination for these trekkers after a couple of nights in mountain huts. After accommodation with basic facilities, the Constable's Cottage and the Jail are luxurious.

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Oteake Conservation Park

Oteake Conservation Park covers large tracts of the St Bathans, Ewe, Hawkdun, Ida and St Marys ranges, and parts of the upper Manuherikia Basin.

DOC: Oteake Conservation Park

The Blue Lake - the lakes ambience sound library

This video was made by Tim Prebble who stayed in the jail. The Blue Lake at St Bathans is the last of these lakes.

Read his testimonial here

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The Otago Central Rail Trail

Make a stay at the Constables Cottage and St Bathans Jail part of a bicycle tour on the Otago Rail Trail; the most popular rail trail in New Zealand. Oturehua is just 18 km away.

Otago Central Rail Trail

Ice-skating and Curling - Naseby

Go ice-skating and curling at Naseby or Alexandra. Naseby is indoor and open all year round for ice-skating and curling. Curling is something a little different that’s fun for all the family. Give it a go!

Indoor Curling Rink Naseby

Alexandra IceInLine

Ice-skating and curling in Alexandra is from May to June and outdoors. Curling is something a little different that’s fun for all the family. Get your skates on!

Alexandra IceInLine

Visit Art Deco Ranfurly

Are you a fan of Art Deco? If so you have to visit Ranfurly. It has the only Art Deco Museum in the Southern Hemisphere; the Rural Art Deco Gallery. Check out the Rural Art Deco Ranfurly Walk.

Ranfurly Art Deco Walk PDF

Visit Ophir and the Daniel O’Connell Memorial Bridge

Ophir is another historic gold mining town with a rich history in Central Otago, The Daniel O’Connell Memorial Bridge is one of the last surviving suspension bridges in Otago and part of the Central Otago Rail Trail. The town has a lot of beautiful historic stone buildings and one had a predominantly Irish gold rush population.

Promote Dunstan Ophir Walk

Book a stay at St Bathans Constables Cottage and Jail

The Constables Cottage can have up to six people, with three bedrooms. One with two single beds, and two with queen-size beds. The jail offers one bedroom with queen size bed and ensuite bathroom. Two of St Bathans’ original buildings, they have a strong sense of history, while also having modern conveniences. Both include a simple, continental breakfast. Check availability and book online today.

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