Ranfurly - Waipiata

Ranfurly to Waipiata   Distance: 8 km

  • The Ranfurly to Waipiata section of the trail is in the heart of the Maniototo Plain. The vastness of the plain and the “big sky” create an undeniable sense of serenity. “Mani-o-toto” is Maori for “Plains of Blood” reflecting bloody incidents in the plains distant past.
  • Mountain ranges include the Rock and Pillar Range to the south, Rough Ridge to the west, Mt St Bathans to the nor-west, the Kakanui Mountains to the east and Mt Ida and the Mount Ida range to the north. The contrast between the vastness of the plain, the mountains, snow covered in winter, and the big Maniototo sky can be spectacular. 
  • The surrounding mountains enhance the most dramatic sunrises and sunsets.
  • Find shade at the Ranfurly Straight Gangers’ Shed with information display boards about the local area.
  • Approaching the town of Waipiata there is an under bridge that you pass through.
Maniototo Plain & Surrounding Mountains

The Ranfurly to Waipiata section of the trail is in the heart of the Maniototo Plain. Mountain ranges include the Rock and Pillar Range to the south, Rough Ridge to the west, Mt St Bathans to the nor-west, the Kakanui Mountains to the east and Mt Ida and the Mount Ida range to the north. 


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