Middlemarch is either the beginning or the end of the Rail Trail, The Rock and Pillar mountain range dominates the Middlemarch skyline and shadows the Rail Trail to Hyde and beyond

Middlemarch provides beautiful scenery, which is supported by the Taieri Gorge Railway that runs through this small town. The scenery also features in Peter Jacksons film “The Hobbit”. The Salt Lake in Middlemarch is another beautiful landscape, being the only inland salt lake in New Zealand. This town is also known for honouring those who fought in wars overseas, by presenting a war memorial that was unveiled in 1923 – Middlemarch had many local men fight in these wars, with 28 men who never returned. In 1938 lawns were laid, shrubbery was planted, and rockery was renewed around the garden seats at the site of the war memorial in honour of these men. Today, Middlemarch has many different events and activities that you can take part in.


Population: 300
Website: middlemarch.co.nz

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The Rocks Station & Accommodation

Tagged as: Self - Contained, Historic

Set in a 7000 ac Merino Station The Rocks Station & Accommodation offers two beautiful restored and appointed cottages. Longford Retreat with polished wooden floors and tasteful furnishings has three delightfully decorated queen rooms, all with comfy new slat beds and gorgeous cotton linen. French doors in each room open to the veranda each with its own stunning views of Rock and Pillar Range and surrounding countryside.


Longford Retreat $210 for 1-2 people then $75 for each person thereafter
Braeside Cottage $200 for 1–2 people then $50 for each person thereafter

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Annandale Bed & Breakfast

Tagged as: Bed & Breakfast, Historic

Annandale Bed & Breakfast is located in sunny Middlemarch offering stunning mountain views.
This character home is conveniently located just 400 m from the Otago Rail Trail at Middlemarch and is close to the Rock & Pillar Ranges for day walks.


Double $130.00 per night
Single $90.00 per night

Continential Breakfast is included in the price.

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Middlemarch Holiday Park

Tagged as: Tourist Park / Camping, Backpackers, Self - Contained
We run a quiet and peaceful holiday park, surrounded by beautiful views.
The friendly atmosphere makes this a truly relaxing location to unwind and get away from it all.
We look forward to seeing you!
Motels- $115 per night, En-Suite-$95.00, Cabins-$65.00, Backpackers-$30.00, Tent sites $20-35.00, Powered sites $25-35.00
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Strath Taieri Hotel

Tagged as: Hotel

The Strath Taieri Hotel in Middlemarch is a friendly country hotel with that traditional atmosphere - "the genuine article".  Located opposite the Middlemarch Railway Station and just 200 m from the beginning of the Otago Central Rail Trail, we offer great food, great entertainment, great ambience - be sure to visit us!


Double room (2 people) B&B: $90 per night
Single room (two beds) B&B: $50 per person

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Rose Cottage Bed and Breakfast

Tagged as: Bed & Breakfast

Rose Cottage Bed and Breakfast is situated on a large 3/4 of an acre private section containing many established trees and gardens. The cottage and section command panoramic views of the nearby Rock and Pillar Range and surrounding farmland.


Queen bedroom - $140 per night
Single bedroom - $70 per night

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The Lodge Middlemarch

Tagged as: Bed & Breakfast

The Lodge, Middlemarch.  Qualmark rated 3 Star Plus.  We  are ideally situated just 200 m from the Otago Central Rail Trail and with easy access to local amenities – shop, cafe and hotel.

A fabulously refurbished large home - your home away from home!


Queen (with en-suite) $130    Double $100    Twin $100 (for 2)   Single occupancy $75

All bookings include complimentary light breakfast

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Kissing Gate Café

Great food awaits you. Located on State Highway 87 towards Dunedin.
Ph: 03 464 3224.


Groceries, milkshakes, cold drinks, ice cream. 16 Aberafon St. Open every day 9 am - 7:30 pm.

Ph: 03 464 3611

Quench Café and Bar

A popular restaurant serving food, coffee, and beverages throughout the day with fine dining in the evening. 29 Snow Ave.
Ph: 03 464 3070.

Strath Taieri Hotel

Located directly opposite the train station on Snow Ave, The Middlemarch Hotel offers two bars with food and a great atmosphere. Rail Trail photos can be found in the bistro area.
Ph: 03 464 3800.

Middlemarch Museum

When the gold rush was on in 1873, miners were desperate to keep working even over the cold winter months when the Taeiri River was running high and ice cold. It was decided the best plan of attack was to build a submarine which could be lowered into the Taeiri River. With an open area at the bottom of the submarine, the ambitious miners could work their pans and hopefully make a fortune. Tragically the oxygen supply run out and 3 of the 4 miners died on the first launch. The museum also has farming and war memorabilia which is located on Aberafor Street just around the corner from Cycle Surgery. Ph: 03 464 3853

Middlemarch Swimming Pool

Swimming pool is located in the Middlemarch school grounds and is the complex used by the Middlemarch Swimming Club. Contact: Steph Macaulay. Ph: 03 464 3366


Rock and Pillow Range

You can view the impressive Rock and Pillow Range from the township (snow caped over winter months).

Middlemarch Bowling Green

Middlemarch Bowling Club. Contact: Nola Tisdall, Ph: 03 464 3883

Middlemarch Tennis Courts

For a small rural town, Middlemarch has done very well to maintain its public tennis courts available for public use.

Middlemarch Golf Course
Garthmyl Rd. Ph:03 464 3867

Original Railway Station Buildings

All the original railway station buildings have been very well maintained. It is arguably the best example of how things were when the line was in its glory days. Many photo opportunities are located in this historic area which is 100 meters from the Otago Central Rail Trail start/finish point.

The Sutton Salt Lake

The Sutton Salt Lake is New Zealand's only inland salt lake, with water about half as salty as seawater. The Sutton Suspension Bridge which crosses the Taieri River has impressive stone abutments is located on Harcus Road. The Sutton Military Campwas used for artillery training purposes between 1913 and 1955.There was once accommodation for 3000 troops. The historic slab stone sheep yards located on Murrays Road is also worth a visit. Rail Trail Planner providing detailed tours, transport and scenic 4 wheel driving excursions. Ph: 03 464 3755 or 027 251 0049.

Browse the town

Browse the town and you will find two churches, the war memorial, small grocery shop, and sheep and horses grazing on empty sections.


Taieri Gorge Railway

From October to April the train travels from Dunedin to Middlemarch and return on Fridays and Sundays. The other 5 days of the week the train does a return journey from Dunedin to Pukerangi, 23km south of Middlemarch. Over the winter months (May – September) the train travels daily to Pukerangi. Refer to the Taieri Gorge Railway (www.taieri.co.nz or Ph 03 477 4449) for exact timetable details.

Strath Taieri A&P Show

Cattle, sheep, wool, dog trials, showjumping, in hand horses, hunter round the ring, led rein,small ponies. Great prizes for High Jump and Round the Ring, Supreme Champions for the Horses, Horses do not have to have height certificates, classing is run under Pony Club Guidelines, and are not eligible for Horse of the Year Classes. Home Industries Champions. Spouse Carrying competition and Lawn Mower Races as well.

Where : Showgrounds, Browns Rd, Middlemarch
When : 5 March 2016
Secretary: Amanda McCutcheon
Email: strathtaierishow@gmail.com

Middlemarch Singles Ball

Middlemarch Singles Ball, not just on the Middlemarch calendar but the world map. From small beginnings in 2002 the ball is held every second year on Easter Saturday. the Singles Ball 2015 is coming!

Email: singlesball@middlemarch.co.nz

When: the next singles ball is in 2017

The Rail Trail Guide Book

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.

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