Historic Sites

Drybread Cemetery

Drybread Cemetery is all that remains of the gold mining settlement that stood at the foot of the Dunstan Range near Omakau.

The landscape and its curious name are so wonderfully Central Otago, that Drybread continues to attract those seeking out an authentic Central experience.  The only sign you will find of Drybread township today is a stand of gnarly old poplars and the white tailings left by relentless sluicing. Both are situated several hundred metres to the cemetery’s north-east.

The first burial is recorded as Thomas Greenback who was buried in the cemetery after accidentally drowning aged 18 months, on 28 February 1870. Unmarked graves of Chinese gold miners are also thought to exist in the cemetery. However some, if not all, are thought to have been exhumed and returned to China as was custom.

Heading from Ranfurly along SH 85, turn right at Becks into St. Bathans Loop Road, then sharp left into Glassford Road. Follow that road untill the yelow AA sign reading "Drybread Cemetery" on the right hand side. Drive along an unsealed farm track through 4 gates, veering to the right at the end. The cemetery can be seen across the field. 

Dogs are not permitted and all gates should be left as you find them

Your Hosts: Tony and Karen Glassford, Drybread Cemetery Trust
Address: Omakau,

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