Steeped in history with a dazzling landscape

Coombes Cottage is located at our home called Shepherd’s Croft and is equidistant from both Ranfurly and Alexandra in stunning Central Otago.  The cottage is handy to both St Bathans and the rail trail.

St Bathans and The Blue Lake

The picturesque former gold mining town of St Bathans lies 8km to the north east of the cottage.  The preservation of many of its historic buildings makes it a popular tourist venue.  Recently plaques were placed around the village showing some detail of how the village looked in the early days. The historic Vulcan Hotel is a popular destination for good food and drink for both visitors and locals alike.
lake st bathans

The adjacent Blue Lake is man made from gold mining sluicing operations that began in the 1860′s and is popular today for swimming, fishing, water skiing and kayaking.  The Department of Conservation takes an active part in building and maintaining buildings and walking tracks in the area.
vulcan hotel


This delightful settlement, originally inhabited by Welsh miners since 1862, is just around the corner and well worth a visit. Several quaint cottages line the road and within the school, built in 1863, complete with grand bell, is a mine of information on local history, and is open to visitors. If you continue to the end of the road you will come across beautiful Cambrian forest.  This forest is a showpiece of the area  lovingly tended by Bob LdeBerry. This new forest  is carpeted with snowdrops and bluebells in the spring and crocuses in autumn.
gold country

kakanui range