The town is very popular for fishing in the wetlands, so it has many cribs for the fishermen to stay in, as well as accommodation for holiday makers and cyclists from the trail

Patearoa is a small township that is well known for its long dry summers, icy-cold winters, and beautiful views of its river and surrounding mountain ranges such as the Rock and Pillars, the Hawkdun Range, the Kakanui Range, Rough Ridge, and Mount St Bathans.

Historically, Patearoa was known as Sowburn and was a small gold mining village. You can still find remains of the gold rush along the Sowburn Walkway such as the Chinese gold miners stone huts and water races. Although the gold rush was short, it did result in the establishment of many local businesses and providers such as a school, church, post office, store, baker, butcher, and blacksmith by 1890. Today however, in Patearoa you will find a golf course, a bowling green, tennis courts, a hotel, a garage, a school building, and many historic mud brick buildings.



Population: 60

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Patearoa Hotel

Patearoa hotel is open 7 days a week from 12pm till late.

Ph: 03 444 7865

Sowburn Walkway

Patearoa was historically known as “Sowburn” during the gold mining period. Remains of small Chinese settlements from gold mining times can be found along the Sowburn Walkway, a nature walk that follows a river with beautiful scenery and wildlife.

Patearoa Library

Many of the books have been donated by the friendly local community. 

Patearoa Golf Course

Patearoa has a nine-hole golf course. Phone 03 444 7836 for enquiries.

Patearoa Bowling Green

In the township of Patearoa you will see a bowling green – phone 03 444 7837 for information.

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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