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Dansey's Pass and
                          North Otago

In the late 1850's, William Dansey extensively explored the rugged mountains inland from Oamaru, including a pass through the hills from the Waitaki Valley to Ranfurly and Central Otago.  Today, Dansey's Pass is best known for the Dansey's Pass Holiday Park, a peaceful rural camping ground nestled beside the Maerewhenua River.  This is the ideal spot for long hot sunny days by the river and peaceful walks among slate-limestone hills and native bush.

     The mountains and rivers around Dansey's Pass have had a long association with gold mining.  Alluvial gold can still be found in local creeks and rivers.

     The same rivers offer world class fly fishing for trout, and salmon can be caught in the nearby Waitaki River and hydro lakes.  The Waitaki River is one of New Zealand's largest braided river systems and is our very best jet-boating river.

     Nearby Oamaru is famous for its unique Victorian buildings built from the creamy white granular limestone that underlies much of the area.  These buildings reflect the wealth of a prosperous colonial New Zealand town.