Visit the Historic Gold Mining Town of St Bathans

St Bathans, located in Central Otago, was once a coal mining town which had more than 2000 miners and 13 hotels.  Now it is almost deserted except for a few local residents and the many visitors who holiday in the area or the ghost-hunters looking for Rose.

The Vulcan Hotel

The Vulcan Hotel, constructed of sun-dried mud brick, is reportedly haunted by “The Rose”.  Rose is St Bathans most famous resident – a prostitute that died over 100 years ago.  It has been said that if you stay in Room One you may see or feel Rose.  However, she only haunts men.  The Vulcan Hotel still provides accommodation and meals.  We requested to stay at the hotel, but they were not taking accommodation bookings, however they did let us look at Room One.

Vulcan Hotel
Vulcan Hotel

Other Historic Buildings

Historic buildings in St Bathans include the Post Office and St Bathans Hall.  Also next to the cemetery you’ll find the ruins of the old school.

Post Office
Post Office

St Bathans Catholic Cemetery

This cemetery is located around the St Patrick’s Catholic Church that was constructed in 1892 – the earlier church was destroyed in a storm.  The cemetery was first used in 1860s which was about the time that gold was discovered in the area.

Catholic Church & Cemetery
Catholic Church & Cemetery

Blue Lake

St Bathan’s beautiful Blue Lake is made-man.  This would be a fantastic lake for swimming or boating.  Even during Winter the lake and surrounding cliffs are awesome to look at.  There are walking tracks around the Lake, so on our next visit we’ll make sure we have time for more exploring.  There is a 2km walk around the Lake as well as a longer tramping track.

The Blue Lake also apparently has its own ghosts too, including the jilted barmaid who drowned herself.  Some say that the spirits of miners are also there.

Blue Lake
Blue Lake

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