Located in the Maniototo region in Central Otago and only 40 minutes Dunedin, Ranfurly is as popular for its location as a stop on the Otago Central Rail Trail as it is famous for its Art Deco architecture. It is also the home of Ranfurly Holiday Park & Motel.
You’ll be delighted to spend a few days and discover the wide range of activities that are available, appealing to all ages. We’ve selected our top five for you to experience during your next stay at Ranfurly Holiday Park & Motel.
OTAGO RAIL TRAIL
The scenic Otago Rail Trail is easily accessible from the Ranfurly Holiday Park & Motel and if you are looking to experience two or more days on the trail, local company Off the Rails can provide packages that include bike hire and additional sightseeing activities which are tailored to each group’s requirements.
MANIOTOTO 4WD SAFARIS
The wide open spaces of the Maniototo Region are filled with history and trails perfect for exploring. For visitors who are feeling adventurous, Maniototo 4WD Safaris, located in Ranfurly, will provide an off-road experience, exploring the spectacular scenery and the “big skies” of the rugged high country. Highlights include Mt Ida Range and the old Mt Buster Goldfields (4000ft above sea level with spectacular views), hosted by third and fourth generation locals with over 15 years’ experience.
REAL DOG ADVENTURES
Located in Ranfurly, Real Dog Adventures is New Zealand’s largest working Kennel of Alaskan Malamutes and Canadian Eskimo Dogs. Home to New Zealand’s only two Canadian Eskimo dogs, the rarest in the world, the Real Dog Adventures team are passionate about their beautiful animals.
This unique experience is perfect for all ages; with visitors enjoying a cuddle with a puppy or two, a tour of the Kennel or the chance to experience these remarkable traditional Freight Sled Dogs in action during a Sled & Rig ride or a backpacking trip.
MANIOTOTO CURLING INTERNATIONAL
Located in nearby Naseby, guests can experience the ancient Scottish ice sport of curling year round at the Nasby Indoor Curling Rink. The whole family will enjoy this unique sport which is easy to learn but challenging to play. Not a matter of muscle power but skill, it’s a fun sport for all ages and abilities.
OTAGO TROUT FISHING
The Taieri River meanders through Ranfurly and with the Otago Trout Fishing headquarters based a few minutes away in town, a visit to Central Otago wouldn’t be complete without a lazy day of fly fishing with local Dean Whaanga.
With over 28 years of experience, Dean will ensure you make the most of this fisherman’s paradise while picking up some useful tips along the way.