Lauder has one of the most clean and pollution-free atmospheres in the world
Named after the Berwickshire town of Lauder in south eastern Scotland, Lauder was very much a railways township. During construction of the Otago Central Railway, ballast was quarried nearby. This is the coarse rock used as bedding for sleepers and metal rails. Lauder is also known for the National Institute of Water and Atmosphere Research Centre (NIWA), located a few hundred metres out of town. Here scientists measure climatic features and study issues such as climate change and ozone depletion. Lauder has one of the most clean and pollution-free atmospheres in the world. The Rail Trail crosses State Highway 85 at Lauder making it a convenient meeting point for cyclists and walkers and support vehicles.
Welcome to Big Sky Cottage, a beautiful character 1930s mud brick house, providing self contained accommodation in Lauder.Rates:
2 people $165 per night, 3 people $240 per night, 4 people $270 per nightmore info
Lauder School B&B offers a range of tastefully-decorated accommodation at the historic Lauder Railway School. Situated right on the Rail Trail in Lauder it makes an ideal first or last night of a Rail Trail adventure or fantastic base for a family celebration or wedding. Sleeps up to 22 guests.Rates:
From $70 - $190 per night including a generous continental breakfastmore info
Originally built as the Railway Hotel, it was turned 180° to face the road as use of the railway declined. Be sure of great food and friendly hospitality.
Ph: 03 447 3706.
Shirley and her team pride themselves on preparing appealing delicious and nutritious meals, on site daily.
Ph: 03 447 3580.
The Poolburn Gorge is one of the most dramatic sections on the Rail Trail. For this reason it is recommended that cyclists pack snacks and allow for a stop to give them a chance to soak up the stunning scenery of the gorge. A torch is recommended for the tunnel. Take the time to get off your bike and view the Viaduct, the tunnels and the bridge structures.
National Institute of Water and Atmosphere Research Centre (NIWA), which is located a few kilometres out of town, measuring climatic features and studying issues such as climate change and ozone depletion. Lauder has one of the most clean and pollution-free atmospheres in the world. Ph: 03 440 0429
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.More Info