At its peak Ophir had numerous impressive buildings and many still remain today

With a temperature range of over 56ºc (35.2º in January 1959 to -21.6º in July 1995) Ophir has the largest temperature range in New Zealand. The town is clearly signposted (2.5 km off the Rail Trail) from the town of Omakau. Once the area’s main township, Ophir offered promises of gold and wealth and approximately 34kg of gold was taken from Ophir from 1863. Ophir’s population started to decline when gold became scarce and with the construction of the Central Otago Railway line through Omakau, which bypassed the once larger town of Ophir. At its peak Ophir had numerous impressive buildings and many still remain today.


Population: 48

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Blacks Hotel

Tagged as: Hotel, Historic

We are just 2 km from Omakau on a sealed road and a welcome sight after a long bike ride. Built in 1937 the Art Deco outside has been kept and where possible retained in the alteration inside.


6 Queen & 5 twin en-suited rooms
$125 a couple or twin share
$95 single occupancy

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The Bakery Cottages

Tagged as: Self - Contained, Historic

Charming schist cottages nestled within the historic village of Ophir. Tastefully restored, shabby chic and vintage, with modern amenities. We invite you to relax and unwind.


$150 per room ( single rate on request)

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Pitches Store

Tagged as: Bed & Breakfast, Historic

Welcome to Pitches Store. Staying or dining at Pitches Store is the beginning of a unique experience.Hidden from the world in the small historic town of Ophir in Central Otago, Pitches Store provides all the charm and special comforts you desire – perfect as Otago rail trail accommodation, for corporate travellers and romantic getaways alike.


6 King-size rooms with ensuite bathrooms, 2 rooms can be converted to twin rooms
From $295.00 per room per couple, single rate $245.00

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Pitches Store

This beautifully restored building is well worth a visit. Six years of restoration has resulted in a stunning interior with attention to detail throughout the building. The 2.5km detour is well worth the pedal. Delightful dining experience. Sit-down meals or scrumptious treats and lunches. Ph: 03 447 3240.

Manuherikia River

The Manuherikia River runs past Ophir. Visit this river for gold panning, for a picnic, or fish for trout.

Ophir Peace Memorial Hall

This historic hall was built in 1926 and is still used often for community events and functions.

Antique Shop ( The Barn )

When you are in Ophir have a look inside this amazing little antique shop and you may just find yourself a bargain. 

Open most weekends over summer and autumn.

Daniel O’Connell Bridge (1880)

This 1880 bridge which crosses the Manuherikia River is a focal point in Ophir and is very popular for photography.

Historic Buildings in Ophir

Get a leaflet called 'Walk Around Historic OPHIR' at Post Office, it shows all historic buildings in Ophir town.

  • Post Office: Built in 1886. Open 9 - 12 weekdays and selling souvenir postmarked postcards.
  • The Courthouse: Built in 1884.
  • The Policeman’s House: Built in the 1870’s.
  • The Bank: Built in 1886.
  • The Bakery: Built in the 1880s 
  • Union Church: Built in 1870.


Ophir is well known for its temperature. It is the home of New Zealand’s coldest winter with a record of -21C. Ophir also endures the typical long, hot Central Otago summer. Take some photos of the heavy frost, frozen bodies of water, and snow in the winter… Or of the burnt grass and beautiful rural scenery in the summer.

Historic Prison Cells

This jail has stood for over 100 years with only two cells inside. Located behinde the Post Office.

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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