The Central App

My Town: Naseby

The Central App

30 December 2023, 1:58 AM

My Town: NasebyNaseby is a great place to visit for the whole family. PHOTO: Tourism Central Otago

Welcome to the next installment of our "My Town" series.

This initiative is to find the charm and attractions of diverse small townships nestled in the heart of Central Otago. Our aim is to provide holiday-makers with an immersive experience that delves far beyond the well-known landmarks, such as Cromwell’s iconic big fruit sculpture and the majestic Clyde Dam. The series will unfold with weekly releases every Saturday and Wednesday until the 26 of January. Over this period, we will cover towns of Central Otago, exposing the region's hidden treasures from a locals perspective.

Episode 5. Naseby

Adrian Hood welcomes readers to Naseby, population 140.

How did your story in Naseby begin? 

We moved from the Danseys Pass to Naseby to run the Ancient Briton Hotel and then the Royal Hotel. 

What is it about Naseby that you couldn’t live without and why? 

The mountains, the climate and the vibe - the perfect combination and quite possibly the main reason people love to visit.

The Royal Hotel can help you recharge during a visit to Naseby. PHOTO: Geoff Marks

Where’s the best spot in town for lunch? 

Trick question, but have to go with Royal Hotel! Whether it’s a basket of chips you are after, or a gourmet meal, the Royal Hotel has it all. And, don’t forget to check out the range of Central Otago wines and beers on offer. The building also has a great vibe and celebrates the town’s rich history - so don’t forget to check out the photographs on the walls.

What’s a fun fact about Naseby? 

We are 2000 ft above worry level. The holiday season embraces that notion, whether it’s people passing through on their bikes, staying at their holiday home, pulling up in their campervan, or locals from nearby areas who have made it their destination for the day. 

What’s one thing people need to check out when visiting Naseby and why? 

The indoor curling rink, the luge tracks and mountain biking trails in the forest. The town has many hidden treasures waiting to be explored.

Naseby is a popular destination for mountain bikers. PHOTO: Mike Blewitt

Where in Central Otago do you like to escape to and why? 

Clyde, another of the district’s quaint towns, which is rich in history, just like Naseby.

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