16-22 Leven St - Naseby - Central Otago - New Zealand

In the heart of naseby
Offering en-suited accommodation for small and large groups

The Lodge

at the

Ancient Briton

Nestled in a garden setting in the heart of Naseby’s historic precinct, The Lodge provides en-suite accommodation for large and small groups.

Newly renovated to open in September 2023, each room provides quality Sleepyhead Elegance beds for restful sleep. A new guest lounge area has been developed to compliment the garden setting.

Within 100m of the lodge you’ll find the Royal Hotel, Black Forest cafe, the eclectic Naseby General Store and access to the Naseby forest MTB track network. Within 800m you’ll find the Curling rink, ice skating ring, summer and winter luge’s and the Naseby swimming dam. 

Daily transport via Naseby Transfer is available to and from the Rail Trail (or cycle in and out).

Eleven rooms to mix and match

Comprised of 11 rooms, the lodge provides the following room formats

  • Two Super King en-suite rooms (one with accessible facilities)
  • Six King en-suite rooms
  • Two Twin King Single en-suite rooms
  • One King room with private bathroom
  • Quality single trundler beds can also be added to some rooms to provide additional value for families. 
At full capacity The Lodge can accommodate 24 guests. 

Guest Lounge

The newly developed guest lounge provides a comfortable space to relax and enjoy a complimentary cuppa and a natter. A full sized fridge freezer is provided along with a kitchenette* for those that wish to self cater. This is complimented with a Weber BBQ in the garden. 

*microwave, jug, toaster, plates, cutlery and a dishwasher


Naseby Attractions


Opened in 2006 with the help of over 6000, volunteers, the rink is a unique draw card to Naseby. Curling provides a fun activity for absolutely everyone! 


Established in 1991 due to the unique winter opportunities of Naseby, the park has been providing family fun for now for generations. 

Summer Luge

Open for spring 2023, how much fun is this going to be


Thanks to the generosity of Ernslaw One, the Forest Recreation Area is available for all to use and provides a mix of historical mining sites, walking & mountain bike tracks for all experience levels


At the end of the aptly named Swimming Dam road, you’ll find the swimming dam. It’s usually filled a couple of weeks before Christmas and emptied out after Easter each year. Fabulous family fun in the sun.


Naseby has some of the best Night Sky viewing and is one of only two places that are Dark Sky accredited in New Zealand

Otago Rail Trail

Encounter Naseby as part of an Otago Central Rail Trail experience with SheBikesHeBikes

About Us

Sadly, in 2019, the historic Ancient Briton Hotel was damaged by fire but The Lodge was left untouched. Little Guys Ltd (a family business comprised of Fynn, Moss, Ryley, Aria and Mum and Dad) purchased the property in May 2023 with a vision of redeveloping this historic feature of Naseby.

Stage one is a total renovation of The Lodge which is due for completion in September 2023. 

Stage two is the restoration of the historic hotel to provide an additional lounge / function facility for guests at The Lodge and the local community. 

Stage three is the development of “The Residence” luxury accommodation on the first floor of the historic hotel. 

Staying with us will fund the restoration of this unique building that has been a key part of Naseby since 1863, wish us luck!

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