"St Bathans, a town from the past." Saint Bathans by kiwi

Saint Bathans Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 15 photos

Relics of a Gold Rush boom.

Another Otago town which rose from nothing during the gold rush, St Bathans at one time boasted 13 hotels. I've no idea why, but the Vulcan Hotel has survived, it is said to have a resident ghost!! NZ doesn't have a long history of civilisation but this is one of the few survivors of what history we do have. This town was bustling in the 1860's with the gold rush.

Bleak winters

St Bathans is in the remote and coldest part of New Zealand. This lake freezes over mid winter and a popular curling tournament is held here during that time.

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