13 km north of Ranfurly, Naseby was originally known as Hogburn after the local stream. It was the earliest settlement in Maniototo, and New Zealand’s smallest independently-governed town for many years. The 1863 gold rush saw a peak of 5,000 miners within the year. Naseby is known for its winter sports and for curling, a Scottish game of ‘bowls on ice’, played in winter on frozen ponds.

Meaning of place name
At the battle of Naseby in 1645 the Royalists were defeated by Cromwell's horse regiments. The choice of the name Cromwell for the Central Otago town may have influenced the selection of Naseby. Alternatively, it may have been named because of Naseby in England was the birthplace of the Otago superintendent, John Hyde Harris.

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