Chatto Creek

This historic atmosphere brings you back to the late 1800s

The Chatto Creek Tavern was built in 1886 and the original structure still stands due to the mud-brick and stone used in its construction. This historic atmosphere brings you back to the late 1800s, when the town was booming with rabbiters working on the early sheep stations using gin traps and cyanide to try and eradicate the rabbits from the area. The Tavern is located right beside the trail. Follow the garden path to find your nook in the sun or shade or have a swing in one of the hammocks. When entering the building you can still see the original stonework, complimented by antique photos and memorabilia, which enhance the atmosphere. Quality food is served throughout the day and evening at friendly prices.


Population: 11

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Rockdale Farm

Tagged as: Self - Contained, Historic, Farmstay

Rockdale was built as a large, comfortable sheep station homestead in the early 1900's and is situated mid way between Chatto Creek and Omakau on the steepest part of the Rail Trail at the top of the hill. 


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Chatto Creek Tavern

Our menu reflects our commitment to use fresh ingredients, our two chefs and staff are able to provide you with an enjoyable dining experience.  Heart warming Pinots and chilled whites from the Central Otago region, (alongside others from outside Central!) available to compliment your meal. Ph: 03 447 3710.

Fishing close to Chatto Creek

If fishing is your thing, the Manuherikia River is 3 km along the trail in the direction of Alexandra, with fishing access from the Manuherikia Rail Bridge No.2.

Original Chatto Creek Post Office

New Zealand’s smallest post office, The Chatto Creek Post Office (1892) was originally a tent insulated with newspapers. Restored by the small local community, it was relocated from near the Chatto Creek Station site to alongside the Chatto Creek Tavern. 

Historical Road Bridge

There is a historical road bridge only 50m from the tavern in Chatto Creek which looks like it is made from a giant bike chain. This is a great photo opportunity.

Chatto Creek Gold Dredge

You can view the remains of the Chatto Creek Gold Dredge that worked in the Manuherikia River between 1898 and 1909 from the trail entrance to Catto Creek Tavern.

The Rail Trail Guide Book

The single most important resource when travelling the Central Otago Rail Trail

A beautifully crafted book with amazing photography by Peter Andrews showing Central Otago as it truly is, one of the most rugged, extreme and beautiful locations on the planet. Stunning scenery, amazing and important historical and current information, detailed maps, lists of accommodation, frequently asked questions, where to eat, how far between towns, etc. It’s all in here.

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