At its peak Ophir had numerous impressive buildings and many still remain today
With a temperature range of over 56ºc (35.2º in January 1959 to -21.6º in July 1995) Ophir has the largest temperature range in New Zealand. The town is clearly signposted (2.5 km off the Rail Trail) from the town of Omakau. Once the area’s main township, Ophir offered promises of gold and wealth and approximately 34kg of gold was taken from Ophir from 1863. Ophir’s population started to decline when gold became scarce and with the construction of the Central Otago Railway line through Omakau, which bypassed the once larger town of Ophir. At its peak Ophir had numerous impressive buildings and many still remain today.
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