Wedderburn - Ranfurly

Wedderburn to Ranfurly   Distance: 13 km 

  • Generally a gradual decline from Wedderburn to Ranfurly.
  • This section of the trail offers the first views of the vast Maniototo Plain which is surrounded by the Mt Ida, Rough Ridge, Hawkdun and Rock and Pillar Ranges, as well as the Kakanui Mountains. Many of these mountains are often snow-covered in the winter and spring.
  • Good time can be made with favourable winds and down hill gradient from Wedderburn to Ranfurly but this section is more challenging from the opposite direction.
  • Two ganger’s sheds located along this section of the Rail Trail are available for shelter if unfavourable weather occurs.
First views of the vast Maniototo Plain

This section of the trail offers the first views of the vast Maniototo Plain which is surrounded by the Mt Ida, Rough Ridge, Hawkdun and Rock and Pillar Ranges, as well as the Kakanui Mountains. 


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