Curling in Naseby
If you’ve considered trying curling, but thought it looked too difficult, think again! Indoor Curling is a lot easier than you may think! Forget the professionals – Curling is for everyone! Bring your whole family and head down to the rink.
Our Indoor Curling Rink means you can visit us at any time of the year. Keep cool on a hot Central Otago summer day and head indoors to the only indoor rink in the Southern Hemisphere! After a great day out, check out the Pro-Shop. Our onsite shop features a great range of curling souvenirs and quality professional curling gear.
4 Wheel Driving Central Otago
East Manuherikia Track
Distance: 19 km
From Hawkdun Runs Road a 4WD track crosses open grassland for about 3 km to the Manuherikia River junction. From here a popular, well-formed track follows the east branch and climbs steadily to Little Omarama Saddle, providing access to Oteake’s tops and descends to Broken Hut Road carpark. This road is open to vehicles from Labour Weekend until 30 April.
West Manuherikia Track
Distance: 25 km
From Hawkdun Runs Road a 4WD track crosses open grassland for about 3 km to the Manuherikia River junction. From here the track follows the west branch along a rough track to the Omarama Saddle (1260m) and descends to Broken Hut Road carpark on a well-formed track. This is not a through road for vehicles from 1 April to Labour Weekend – vehicles can drive to Boundary Creek Hut and Top Hut but not beyond during this period.
Johnstones Creek Track
Distance: 34 km
From Home Hills Runs Road, after crossing flat tussock grassland the track climbs steeply on a very narrow, rocky track to the crest of the Hawkdun Range; not recommend for inexperienced 4WDrivers. The track follows the range crest, descends Walking Spur then climbs onto a plateau. It descends again, crosses Boundary Creek, climbs once more, goes down to Guffies Creek and joins the Mt Buster Track.
Mt Buster Track
Distance: 28 km
This is a steep climb on a well-formed track through open tussock to the Buster Diggings (6 km). There are, however, rough, steep areas past the Buster Diggings.
Caution: there is an active slip over the Mt Kyeburn 4WD track within the Timber Creek Conservation Area. The slip makes vehicle access difficult. Use extreme caution when crossing this slip. Do not attempt to cross if conditions do not allow for a safe vehicle passage.
Hut Creek Hut Track
Distance: 15 km
Hut Creek Road runs from the junction of Mt Buster and Johnstone Creek roads near Tailings Hut. It is 8 km from this junction to Hut Creek Hut. Beyond the hut the track becomes rocky, steep and narrow as it winds through a wonderful scenic gorge. The track ends at the park boundary with no access to the Waitaki Valley. The hill leading to Hut Creek Hut is not recommended for vehicles in wet conditions.
Mt Kyeburn Track
Distance: 14 km
This track provides amazing views down into Timber Creek as well as panoramic views of the Kakanui, Rock and Pillar and Ida ranges.
Mt Kyeburn can be accessed from either Mt Buster or Danseys Pass roads. From Buster Diggings at 1,200 m the track follows the ridge below the 1,560 m summit of Mt Kyeburn, at which point it becomes narrow and exposed and drops steeply down to Danseys Pass Road.
Ernest Hayes was the original Kiwi innovator, backyard boffin and all-round No 8 wire Einstein. The Hayes complex, which includes stables and a dairy in addition to the works and homestead, is set well back from the Ida Valley-Omakau Rd, backdropped by low hills. As hubs of industry go, it’s very pastoral. Rail-trailers, who in recent years have adopted the site as a prime stop on the multi-day cycling route, often describe it as an oasis.
Falls Dam provide a uniquely Central Otago experience for the visitor in any season.
Falls Dam is an irrigation invention, now over 80 years old and the water owned by a private company, causing some concern to the community downstream. Like the other lake at St Bathans, Falls Dam is high up and highly coloured, bright blue, except when it is frozen over. The Hawkdun Range is the ridge of mountains behind the conservation area, and can be seen from the Alexandra-Ranfurly Road.
Accessed either on foot from the dam and the spillway, or via Wedderburn by four wheel drive through the Manuherikia River, Falls Dam is photogenic as is the Hawkdun Range, even inspiring poets such as those with books shown below. There are several tracks in the conservation area, ranging from cruisy to challenging. Because everything up here is dry, except the lake, the lakebed makes quite a good walking surface when the levels drop in midsummer. There is some fishing to be done up here too, with a permit
Hunting & Fishing
Central Otago is World famous for hunting and fishing.