Originally a gold mining settlement named Parkers, historic Naseby nestles in the foothills of the Mount Ida Range in Central Otago. While the town can be very hot during summer, in winter it’s the ice skating and curling capital of New Zealand. A commercial outdoor rink operates from June to August; you can also skate on natural ice at the Centennial Pond. All-year-round ice can be found at the indoor curling rink. Other local attractions include golf, hiking or biking the Goldfields Heritage Trail, and fishing for trout at the dam. Accommodation options include a holiday park, historic hotels, holiday cottages and private lodges. Functional facts: Approx. population 120, information centre, general store.