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Winter Activities on & around the trail!

Winter activities on & around the trail...

The trail is open all year round and in winter there are some great activities to add to your trip.  Please note: as with all trips on the trail it’s important to plan ahead to make sure all the services you need are in place including – transport, food and accommodation.  Start here on the official website to plan your trip. 

Top 10 things to do…

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Image: Bennett & Slater

1.Cycle some or all of the trail – You’ll enjoy the big blue skies, and crisp winter air.  READ MORE

Real Dog Adventures

2. Book a Real Dog Adventure with Nigel & Rose and their amazing malamutes... kennel & workshop tours as well as sled & rig rides are available READ MORE

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2. Have a go at Curling in Naseby.  Gather your friends and family and have a go at this ancient Scottish game, which is like bowling on ice, in the Maniototo International Curling Rink READ MORE

Ophir Post Office

Image: James Jubb

3. Send some mail the traditional way at Ophir Post Office READ MORE

Ice Luge

4. Have a go at Naseby’s Ice Luge and or go ice skating near the Maniototo International Curling Rink.  Families will enjoy the Naseby Ice Dance & Costume Party 14th July & Ice Festival on the 21st of July. READ MORE

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Image: James Jubb

5. See and shop at Gilchrist Store in Oturehua, the General Store which is like stepping back in time. READ MORE

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Image: Clare Toia-Bailey

6. Take a walk around the Alexandra Bridge and up to the local clock which has stunning views of Alexandra. READ MORE


Image: Olivers Victoria Store

7. Enjoy some of the wonderful foods at the cafés and pubs along the trail.  Sit back ,relax & enjoy roaring fires and sip on Central Otago’s famous pinots! READ MORE

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Image: Kate Wilson

8. Take a walk around Sutton Salt Lake, NZ's only inland salt lake near Middlemarch. READ MORE

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Image: Dr Ian Griffin

9. Marvel at the amazing night skies in Central Otago. Naseby is in the process of becoming New Zealand's first internationally recognised Dark Sky Community & Behind the Bike Sheds at Waipiata is offering equipment to view the skies READ MORE 

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Image: Kate Wilson


10.Check out some of the model planets located along the trail which is part of the Interplanetary Cycle Trail - the  model solar system is replica of the solar system in space and has been reduced in size and distance 100 million to 1  Read More