Things To Do

Combine the absolute pleasure of staying at Marchburn with some unique local adventures and activities or just relax in front of the fire. At the end of the day, return home from your adventures to recover in total comfort.


The Oturehau Railway Hotel offers a wonderful dining option while staying at the Marchburn Country Lodge. Make the most of your relaxing time in Central Otago with a free hotel shuttle to and from the hotel, back to your accommodation.

The hotel’s dinner menu includes Tuscan Salmon, Puy Lentil Pie, Lamb Shank, Southland Ribeye Steak, Fish of the Day, Steak and Guiness Pie, Chicken Breast (stuffed with Basil and Feta)…….and also their Daily Specials. Their desserts are delicious and they also offer a menu for children.


Danseys Pass is located in the old Kyeburn Gold Diggings and has a full history traced back to the 1860s.

Visit the Dansey’s Pass Coach Inn and stay for a delicious lunch, after exploring this unique New Zealand location.


Sowburn is the original name for Patearoa . This name was taken from the river that meanders out of the nearby Rock and Pillar Range. There is a lovely walkway along the river that leads you to the dam that’s well worth exploring while in the Marchburn area.


This small New Zealand town is just full of history and is a must see when in New Zealand. There are a few walking options in St. Bathans, so you can choose the ideal time you'd like to be out exploring in this beautiful town.


Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead is Heritage New Zealand site. You can take a leisurely cycle/walk, or you could make use of our free shuttle.

Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead is the birthplace of a local engineering ingenuity that spread throughout New Zealand, and then the world. The workshops and Homestead are maintained in full working order and fully guided tours are available.


A short 200 metres walk from Marchburn Luxury Lodge is the entrance to The Golden Progress Mine. This is a great activity if you’re looking for a walk, hike or cycle around Marchburn. You can use a style to cross the fence line, and then make your way to the historic ruins of the once prosperous gold mine.

The walk follows a gulley, and once you leave the road, you travel through sheep paddocks so bear in mind that access to this site may be closed during lambing season. Lambing season is between the months of September and October. This “lambing” closure will be clearly signposted thought.

The Golden Progress Mine is a glimpse into the European history of Central Otago, and well worth exploring. This is a Department of Conservation site.


Bring your whole family along to cycling the Central Otago Rail Trail. Spend a night at Marchburn Luxury Lodge accommodation to soak up the surrounding area, or cycle the rail trail from the opposite direction for something different. The trail is suitable for for a wide range of ages and abilities – enjoy Central Otago at a leisurely pace with your loved ones, or work on your fitness while enjoying the beautiful landscape.

There are a number of New Zealand providers that can assist with information on the Rail Trail – here are some resources to get you on your way:

Otago Rail Trail

Otago Central Rail Trail

Luxury Rail Trail Tours


For the complete Central Otago experience, nothing introduces you to the full Central Otago sheep station and mountain ranges country like the Maniototo 4 Wheel Drive Off Road Safari.

This is the ultimate experience that takes into country belonging to shepherds, sheep and wildlife. You will discover the tussock land you never knew existed once on top of the ranges. This is as good as it gets in New Zealand in a vehicle.


Our Otago based Fly Fishing guide Declan Wong, has a passion for angling. Declan will collect you and drop you back to Marchburn from the days adventure in the trout waters of Central Otago. Once home, Marchburn will perform its magical powers of recovery on you.