Oturehua - Wedderburn

Oturehua to Wedderburn   Distance: 12 km 

  • On the edge of Oturehua on your way to Wedderburn is the first 45º South Latitude sign-posted on a concrete monument.
  • The historic Golden Progress Mine may be visited by turning off the trail and following Reef Road, which is clearly sign-posted from the trail
  • After a gradual climb up Rough Ridge, you will come to a second crossing of the 45º South Latitude.
  • Take a breather at Seagull Hill Gangers’ Shed.
  • On the top of the ridge you have conquered the highest point of the Rail Trail, at 618 metres above sea level.
  • Easily descend into the town of Wedderburn.
  • Approaching the town you can see the Wedderburn Golf Course.
  • When you cross SH 85 you will find the iconic Wedderburn goods shed made famous by Grahame Sydney.
45º South Latitude

The 45º South Latitude is sign-posted on a concrete monument. After a gradual climb up Rough Ridge, you will come to a second crossing of the 45º South Latitud.


Historic Golden Progress

The historic Golden Progress Mine may be visited by turning off the trail and following Reef Road, which is clearly sign-posted from the trail. Note that the mine is normally closed to the public in spring time due to lambing.


Wedderburn Goods Shed

A good photo opportunity presents itself with the Wedderburn Goods Shed.  This magical building made famous by Grahame Sydney, never fails to please through a camera lens.  


Highest point of the Rail Trail

On the top of the ridge you have conquered the highest point of the Rail Trail, at 618 metres above sea level.


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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