Sports and Outdoors

Upper Manorburn Dam

If you're keen on fishing, Upper Manorburn Dam should be to your liking. Nestled in the hills of Ida Valley, the dam has 14km of shoreline and more than enough room to accommodate an angler or two! Rainbow trout is the catch of the day here, and worm fishing, trolling and fly fishing are all methods that can help you land the big one.

The Upper Manorburn Dam, completed in 1914 and administered by the Ida Valley Irrigation Company, is situated south-east of Alexandrian North of Lake Onslow.  The dam is 700m above sea level in the Central Otago Plateau. 

This 700ha dam combines two deep reservoirs connected by a gorge called The Narrows. 

Access to the area can be from either Omakau or Oturehua on the tar sealed Ida Valley Road.