Translated, Oturehua is “The Sun God”, but up until 1907 Oturehua was known as Rough Ridge after the range of hills the town is nestled below
Just across from the Oturehua Rail Station is New Zealand’s oldest continuously operating general store, Gilchrist's Store. Have a look around at the many shelves displaying nostalgic ‘Kiwi’ products of long-forgotten brands.
Oturehua is also the home of one of the most important contributions to New Zealand's farming. Hayes Engineering Works, on the outskirts of town, was the birthplace of the internationally acclaimed Hayes Permanent Wire Strainer in 1927. Today the mud-brick villa, grounds and workshop are open to the public between 9am to 5pm daily December through April.
At the other end of town on the way to Wedderburn is a very short detour up Reef Road to the historic Golden Progress Mine. Golden Progress Mine displays Central Otago’s last poppet head straddling one of the numerous shafts burrowing deep underground in search of gold-bearing quartz rock.
In the district
Nearby is the amazing historic town of St Bathan’s, famous for its gold mining past and haunted pub. A shuttle tour can be arranged, or perhaps a trip to Naseby where you’re only 20 mins away from a game of curling or luging.
Indoor curling at Naseby can be done all year round, outdoor curling and luge from June to September. Check out Maniototo Curling here
Mountain biking is popular and can be done in addition to the Otago Central Rail Trail. Whether you’re keen on big one day missions or easier rides over two days, there are many great biking adventures to be had in the Ida Valley and Maniototo districts. A shuttle to the start or finish can be arranged. More mountain biking information is available here at NZ by bike
In addition, the Maniototo offers a selection of golf courses, art tours, high country 4WD tours and wildlife safaris. For these and other “things to do” in the Maniototo
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