Perfect place to rest and refuel the body
Another gold mining town, Hyde was originally called ‘Eight Mile’ because of the towns distance from the Hamilton’s Gold Mine. The mine employed a large proportion of the town’s residents. Although Hyde is a remote town its Main Street runs along State Highway 87. This makes it a perfect place to rest and refuel the body as the nearest towns offering food and refreshments are Waipiata 29km’s away to the north and Middlemarch 27km’s to the south. There are also two churches located on the main street, and across the road Cooks Transport is a thriving stock transportation business.
Due to insufficient flat ground in the original Hyde town the station had to be located 2km away where there was enough flat area to on and offload wagons. The Hyde station remains today with some of the original stock wagons. Although the station is privately owned there is still a clear path available for cyclists.
This building was erected in 1927 to replace the former Hyde Hotel, destroyed by fire during the late 19th century. It has been extensively refurbished into a boutique Bed and Breakfast.Rates:
from $130 to $190 for 2 personsmore info
Situated in a peaceful and quiet country setting, this fully refurbished schoolhouse offers modern facilities with licensed eatery. The accommodation area is North facing and features stylish modern rooms each with en suite. The grounds are great for children and family groups and it also features a lovely outdoor area fantastic for el fresco dining in the summer.Rates:
Rooms are $170 for 2 persons, $230 for 3 persons and $265 for 4 persons
We have five rooms, each with King and King Single with rollaway for 4th personmore info
The Miner's Cottage is located adjacent to the Otago Rail Trail at Tiroiti, 6 kms north of Hyde. The cottage is an original schist building set in a private courtyard garden adjacent to the Capburn Creek. In it's tranquil setting, with a view of the hills beyond, the tastefully restored cottage provides the charm of yesteryear with the convenience of modern facilities.Rates:
$180 for two people, $120 for single occupancy. Includes Continental breakfast.more info
Basic food available with honesty box.
Early European miners peppered the Taieri river with gold and then on sold the mining rights to some Chinese gold miners who were led to believe it was a substantial claim. The Chinese gold miners built a tunnel to divert the river and make it easier to mine the gold. Whilst the diversion tunnel was laboriously and successfully constructed to the Chinese miners dismay the effort was in vain when the “planted” gold ran out shortly afterwards.
At the Hyde Station Site take time to admire the old station building, which has recently been purchased by the Otago Central Rail Trail Trust and is open to the public. Although this was the main station for Hyde, there was a passenger halt at the township where the line crossed the main road. This halt was closed in 1978.
You can get to a good location from the Macraes road bridge. The Taieri river has brown trout in plentiful supply.
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