Things to Do

Visit the historic buildings of St Bathans

Click here to download the walking guide of the St Bathans buildings.

Please note that many of these are private property and to respect the residents privacy.

Do not enter any building without owners permission.

The St Bathans Hall

This is open from Labour Weekend until April from 7am-7pm

The St Bathans Post Office

This will be open for the public to view historic information on the town in Summer of 2020.

Walk around the Blue Lake

The man-made Blue Lake sits beside the main street in town and it’s an easy 60 – 90-minute hike around it – This 2 km loop track encircles the historic, man-made lake. It's a great opportunity to walk past old sluicings and the remnants of the gold mining equipment that was used here -

The machinery that literally converted Kildare Hill into a lake. You’ll see some unique scenery and evidence of the intense mining that went on here in the late 1800s / early 1900s.

Click here to get more info on the Blue Lake walking tracks

Visit Oteake Conservation Park

:Oteake Conservation Park is on the doorstep of St Bathans, and in summer people travel across the mountains to Omarama on horseback, by mountain bike or in four wheel drives. The Domain, complete with camping ground, and historic homestead is worth checking out

How to get there:

There are several access points on both the Otago and Canterbury sides of the park, the mains one being carparks at Hawkdun Runs Road, Falls Dam, Home Hills Run Road, Mt Buster Road in the Maniototo, and on Broken Hut Road from the Waitaki Valley.

Much of the public access into the park is along easements crossing private land. Please respect this by driving carefully, keeping to tracks and roads, and leaving gates as you find them.

Click here for more info