Lauder has one of the most clean and pollution-free atmospheres in the world
Lauder was named after the Scottish town of Lauder in Berwickshire.
Originally ballast was quarried here for use in construction of the railway.
The area of Lauder is also known for the National Institute of Water and Atmosphere Research Centre (NIWA), which is located a few kilometres out of town, measuring climatic features and studying issues such as climate change and ozone depletion. Lauder has one of the most clean and pollution-free atmospheres in the world. The Rail Trail crosses State Highway 85 at Lauder making it a convenient meeting point for cyclists and support vehicles.
Unique Rail Trail Accommodation... Dinner, Bed and BreakfastRates:
Adult B&B $80 pp, child (under 12) B&B $50 pp.
Dinner (2 courses) $60 pp. Child dinners by arrangement.
Pam and Bruce Walker welcome you to the Lauder Store Accommodation, situated on the Otago Central Rail Trail at Lauder in Central Otago.
Old Store $195 couple and $45 for extra person
Storekeeper's House $145per room(2 people) and bunkroom $70 single $100 two people
Arkwright's snug (ensuite room) $160 (2 people)
Children 2 – 12 $55 per night
Lauder School B&B offers a range of tastefully-decorated accommodation at the historic Lauder Railway School. Situated right on the Rail Trail in Lauder it makes an ideal first or last night of a Rail Trail adventure or fantastic base for a family celebration or wedding. Sleeps up to 22 guests.Rates:
From $75 - $160 per night including a generous continental breakfastmore info
Welcome to Big Sky Cottage, a beautiful character 1930s mud brick house, providing self contained accommodation in Lauder.Rates:
$70 per person ($140 for 2 people per night), $60 per person ($180 for 3 people per night), $55 per person ($220 for 4 people per night)more info
Located on the Otago Central Rail Trail, the Lauder Hotel is the original Railway Hotel, built in 1904. When Train numbers diminished the hotel was turned 180 degrees to face the road - a story Knobby (Derek) will love to tell you!Rates:
$60 per person or $75 per person for sole occupancy of our Queen or Double roomsmore info
Originally built as the Railway Hotel, it was turned 180° to face the road as use of the railway declined. Be sure of great food and friendly hospitality.
Ph: 03 447 3706.
Shirley and her team pride themselves on preparing appealing delicious and nutritious meals, on site daily.
Ph: 03 447 3580.
The Poolburn Gorge is one of the most dramatic sections on the Rail Trail. For this reason it is recommended that cyclists pack snacks and allow for a stop to give them a chance to soak up the stunning scenery of the gorge. A torch is recommended for the tunnel. Take the time to get off your bike and view the Viaduct, the tunnels and the bridge structures.
National Institute of Water and Atmosphere Research Centre (NIWA), which is located a few kilometres out of town, measuring climatic features and studying issues such as climate change and ozone depletion. Lauder has one of the most clean and pollution-free atmospheres in the world. Ph: 03 440 0429
The single most important resource when travelling the Central Otago Rail Trail
A beautifully crafted book with amazing photography by Peter Andrews showing Central Otago as it truly is, one of the most rugged, extreme and beautiful locations on the planet. Stunning scenery, amazing and important historical and current information, detailed maps, lists of accommodation, frequently asked questions, where to eat, how far between towns, etc. It’s all in here.More Info