Tranquil Accommodation on the Southern End of Danseys Pass, New Zealand

Nature Lodge in Kyeburn Diggings, South Island

3 guests • 3 beds

Originally built in 1862 to provide accommodation to travellers passing through the Kyeburn Diggings mining settlement during the Otago Gold Rush, this historical lodge on Danseys Pass, New Zealand, has been carefully refurbished to preserve the core aspects of its original building and retain its 19th century character, all while bringing its comforts and amenities into the 21st century.

This accommodation provides up to two adult guests and an additional child with one bedroom and a full ensuite bathroom. The bedroom contains a queen-size bed, with a rollaway bed or cot available if a child is accompanying the guests. Linens and towels are provided. Other amenities include central heating, facilities for making coffee and tea, and Wi-Fi access throughout the lodge's public spaces.

The public spaces include a lounge, a bar, and a dining room/restaurant. The lounge provides an ideal place to relax, socialize, or warm up after a long day outside, with a variety of couches and sofa chairs set around a large fireplace in a rustic, cozy setting distinguished by wood floors, brick walls, and vaulted ceilings with exposed beams. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available at the dining room/restaurant, while an extensive range of wines, whiskeys, and other liquors can be ordered from the bar and sipped by the warm glow of the fireplace.

The lodge thus provides guests with an accommodation that is not just a place to sleep while they explore the many attractions of the surrounding Maniototo region, but also a destination onto itself—a place for them to unwind, dine, drink, and enjoy each other's company in its unique, welcoming, and peaceful atmosphere, which evokes the bygone days of the gold rush-era while celebrating the pleasures of the present.

At the lodge, guests will enjoy access to a lounge, a bar, and a dining room/restaurant, the interiors of which reflect the lodge's Gold Rush-era heritage. In the lounge, guests will find a cozy, rustic space for socializing, replete with comfortable couches and sofa chairs, a large fireplace, wooden floors, and bricks walls set beneath a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams.

The lodge's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a similarly cozy and rustic setting. For breakfast, guests can enjoy blueberry pancakes with maple syrup, eggs Benedict, and tea or freshly ground coffee. The lunch and dinner menus feature locally-grown produce and can be paired with the restaurant's extensive selection of wines, whiskeys, and other liquors.

Within their accommodation, guests will enjoy central heating and facilities for making coffee and tea. They will also enjoy Wi-Fi access throughout the lodge's public areas.

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Features and services


  • 1 Queen-size bed

  • single-bed

    1 Extra Bed additional charge

  • crib

    1 Crib additional charge

Most popular features

  • Pets allowed

  • Wi-Fi/Internet

  • Swimming

  • Fishing

  • Wildlife watching

  • Wheelchair-accessible bathroom

  • Bathroom

  • Parking

  • Wheelchair accessible

  • Deck/Patio

  • ATV/Quads/4x4

  • Horseback riding

  • Restaurant

  • Bar/Pub

  • Feeding animals

  • Early check-in

  • Late check-out

  • Yoga

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Kyeburn Diggings, South Island

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Set 2,000 feet above sea level at the base of the Kakanui Mountain Range, this historical lodge is located in Kyeburn Diggings, New Zealand, by the banks of the Kyeburn River. The location gets its name from the bustling, multicultural mining settlement that flourished here between the 1860s and the 1880s, during the Otago Gold Rush. Except for the trees that the miners planted and the odd crumbling wall here and there, the only remnant of the settlement is the lodge itself, which provided accommodation to passing travelers during the gold rush's heyday.

The lodge is situated on the Danseys Pass, a largely unsealed road that winds through the Kakanui Mountains, linking Central Otago with North Otago. To the south and the west lies the Maniototo Plain, which presents guests with a vast, sweeping landscape of tussock grasslands grazed by sheep, punctuated by the occasional rock outcropping, and backdropped by rugged mountain ridges. As the plain approaches the mountains, it becomes more hilly and forested with a variety of pines, such as Douglas fir and larch.

About 20 minutes to the southwest, guests will come to the town of Naseby, where they will find restaurants, museums, tennis courts, a bowling green, a golf course, and the Naseby Indoor Curling Rink. In the nearby Naseby Forest recreation area, guests can enjoy a variety of activity options and facilities, including hiking and biking trails, fishing and swimming dams, and an ice luge. The site is about two hours from Dunedin, where the nearest international airport is located.
Activities near Kyeburn Diggings
  • Swimming

  • Winter sports

  • Horseback riding

  • Biking

  • Fishing

  • ATV/Quads/4x4

  • Meditation

  • Yoga

  • Wildlife watching

  • Hunting

  • Tennis

  • Golfing

  • Feeding animals

Guests will have plenty of outdoor and indoor recreation options to choose from during their stay. At Naseby Forest, they will find trails for hiking and biking, dams for fishing and swimming, and a track for luging. In and around the town of Naseby, guests can ice skate at the Naseby Ice Rink, play a game of curling at the Naseby Indoor Curling Rink, play tennis at the town's Recreation Ground, and hit the links at the Naseby Golf Course. Other options include going on a sled dog ride through Real Dog Adventures and four-wheel drive vehicle riding with Off Trail Tours.

For more relaxed activity options in Naseby, guests can visit the Early Settlers Museum and the Naseby Motoring Museum. For dining, guests can enjoy meals right at the lodge's restaurant, or they can head to the Naseby Lodge Restaurant, the Ancient Briton, or the Royal Hotel, which also have bars. More options for dining and shopping can be found in nearby Ranfurly, where guests can also rent bicycles from Ranfurly Bike Hire and Central Otago Rail Trail Cycle Tours. The name of the latter refers to the 150-kilometer walking, cycling, and horseback riding trail that runs through the region and is one of its most popular tourist attractions.
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Arrival and departure

  • Check-in: Flexible
    Early check-in available at an extra charge

  • Check-out: Flexible
    Late check-out available at an extra charge

House rules

  • Pets allowed

  • No smoking

  • No parties

  • Events allowed

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Smoking is not permitted.
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