Pukerangi

Pukerangi is a turn around point for Taieri Gorge Excursion train on the days it doesn't go into Middlemarch township

Some people choose to start or finish their Rail Trail experience at Pukerangi which is a railway siding 21 km from Middlemarch. It is not officially part of the Rail Trail and the journey between Middlemarch and Pukerangi is on public roads. The turn off to Pukerangi is clearly signposted on SH87 1km south of Sutton, which in turn is 9 km’s south of Middlemarch. The Sutton Salt Lake is worth a visit and signposted in Sutton. It is a 30-minute walk each way. The Taieri Gorge Railway travels daily from Dunedin to Pukerangi and return. It journeys on to Middlemarch only on Friday and Sunday during the summer months of October to April. The connections to and from Dunedin can be organised through the Taieri Gorge Railway while connections beyond the Rail Trail to central Otago can be made through Alpine Connexions.

Pukerangi is within a half an hour drive of Middlemarch. You can cycle from Pukerangi to Middlemarch if you have come up on the train with your bike and in doing this you won't have to pay for a shuttle transfer to Middlemarch.   

There is a no public shops or services at Pukerangi except for basic toilet and some picnic table. Pukerangi is a turn around point for Taieri Gorge Excursion train on the days it doesn't go into Middlemarch township.

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The Rock and Pillar Ranges

The Rock and Pillar Ranges provide many beautiful walking tracks, tramping areas, rock climbing opportunities, botanising, and scenery that is perfect for landscape photography.


Fishing close to Sutton

In the Taeiri River you will find an abundance of brown trout and salmon, which contribute to the popular fishing culture within Central Otago, including Pukerangi and nearby towns.


Sutton

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. The journey between Middlemarch and Pukerangi is on public roads. The turn off to Pukerangi is clearly signposted on SH87 1km south of Sutton, which in turn is 9 km’s south of Middlemarch.


Taieri Gorge Railway

Located in the magnificent Dunedin Railway Station.
Ph: 03 477 4449
Email reserve@taieri.co.nz.
Website www.taieri.co.nz


Rail Trail Pukerangi Shuttle

Rail Trail Pukerangi Shuttle is available between Middlemarch and Pukerangi and return. Daily departures. Bookings Essential.

Ph: 03 464 3355


Alpine ConneXions

Transport to and from Pukerangi and other stops on the Rail Trail and beyond.
Ph: 03 477 5577 (Dunedin),
Ph: 03 443 9120 (Wanaka).


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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