Just 29km beyond Naseby, past the sluiced cliffs and high heaped tailings of the Kyeburn Diggings, you will find the Danseys Pass Hotel. The Pass Hotel was built in 1863 and for a time was the centre of all activities in the district. The present stone building was plastered in the late 1950s with the latest addition in the early 1990s. A stonemason called Happy Bill who built the stone building in schist in 1863, took his payment in beer, a pint for every schist boulder shaped and laid on the thick walls. Today, the hotel still offers accommodation and a stopover for travellers crossing the narrow and tortuous Danseys Pass linking the Maniototo to the Waitaki valley. At the nearby picnic area at German Creek, is a grove of different exotic trees, planted out to represent the homeland of every miner working on the goldfield.


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