Ophir..... On your doorstep.
Ophir is a former gold rush town, we have official Ophir walk brochures will point out all of the properties and what they were originally build for you’ll see the bank, hospital and church some which have now been converted into homes and accommodation. Walk down to the Daniel O’Connell bridge this is an official heritage site built by an Irish Patriot for the purpose of the masses of people drawn to Central Otago during the Gold Rush.
Under the bridge, the river is nice for a quite dip of if that’s not for you the Ophir Community Pool is an unsupervised facility open December-March which runs on a honesty box system for casual visitors.
Pick up your official Ophir Walk brochure which will guide you past all of the properties of historical interest in our lovely and interesting village. Give yourself time to stroll along Ophirs boulevard-width main street.
Central Otago Rail Trail (freebees and extras)
All rail trail bookings will receive on arrival a complimentary welcome drink and a cool towel.
Your room rate includes a complimentary continental breakfast. If you would like to add BACON AND EGGS please advise, there is a small charge of $10 or a bacon butty for $7. We can also pack you a picnic for the following day if you would like. We have filtered water for you to enjoy and for filling your bottles up when you depart.
Daniel O'Connell Bridge
Well worth a visit. One of the last surviving suspension bridges in Central Otago it was built in 1880 and named after a nineteenth century political leader; recognising the many Irish settlers living in and around Ophir.
Omakau Golf Club (www.omakaugolfclub.co.nz)
The Omakau Golf Club is ‘the outstanding experience’ for golfers near the Central Otago Rail Trail, according to the January 2016 edition of New Zealand golf magazine The Cut.
We welcome casual players and don’t do bookings, just fill out the tag in the metal box on the club house veranda, leave a $15 fee in the honesty box, and tie the receipt to your bag.
Naseby, Ranfurly and St.Bathans
Within 45 minutes are Naseby, Ranfurly and St.Bathans, places with charms of their own and worth a visit. There are several other places not far of the main road between these places which were important villages in the late 1800's through well into the 1960's and 70's in their own right and worth taking the time to visit
Also for the longer-term visitors there are 4WD tracks such as Thompsons Track and The Old Dunstan Road with spectacular views and scenery not to be missed. These are not open during the winter months.
Arrange a longer stay and visit the dams in the area and fish at your leisure, the Poolburn, Manorburn and Falls Dams are all within an hour’s drive from Ophir. The Manuherikia River is only 1km away which also great for fishing.