Middlemarch is either the beginning or the end of the Rail Trail, The Rock and Pillar mountain range dominates the Middlemarch skyline and shadows the Rail Trail to Hyde and beyond
Middlemarch provides beautiful scenery, which is supported by the Taieri Gorge Railway that runs through this small town. The scenery also features in Peter Jacksons film “The Hobbit”. The Sutton Salt Lake in Middlemarch is another beautiful landscape, being the only inland salt lake in New Zealand. Like so many towns along the Rail Trail, Middlemarch honours those who fought in wars overseas, with a memorial unveiled in 1923 – Middlemarch had many local men fight in these wars, with 28 who never returned. In 1938 lawns were laid, shrubbery was planted, and rockery was renewed around the garden seats at the site of the war memorial in honour of these men. Today, Middlemarch has many different events and activities that you can take part in.
The Strath Taieri Hotel in Middlemarch is a friendly country hotel with that traditional atmosphere - "the genuine article". Located opposite the Middlemarch Railway Station and just 200 m from the beginning of the Otago Central Rail Trail, we offer great food, great entertainment, great ambience - be sure to visit us!Rates:
Double room (2 people) B&B: $90 per night
Single room (two beds) B&B: $50 per person
The Lodge, Middlemarch. Qualmark rated 3 Star Plus. We are ideally situated just 200 m from the Otago Central Rail Trail and with easy access to local amenities – shop, cafe and hotel.
A fabulously refurbished large home - your home away from home! The Lodge has disability friendly access & 2 wet showers.
With a mix of en-suite rooms & shared facilities (toiletries supplied) - a fabulous large property that can sleep up to 12. Full kitchen facilities, coffee machine, b-b-q area, self-use laundry & free wifi. A light continental breakfast is also included.Rates:
Queen (with en-suite) $150 Double $120 Twin $120 (for 2) Single occupancy $100
All bookings include complimentary light breakfast.
Beds fully made up, towels & toiletries supplied.more info
Annandale Bed & Breakfast is located in sunny Middlemarch offering stunning mountain views.
This character home is conveniently located just 400 m from the Otago Rail Trail at Middlemarch and is close to the Rock & Pillar Ranges for day walks.
Double $130.00 per night
Single $90.00 per night
Continential Breakfast is included in the price.more info
Located directly opposite the train station on Snow Ave, The Middlemarch Hotel offers two bars with food and a great atmosphere. Rail Trail photos can be found in the bistro area.
Ph: 03 464 3800.
Great food awaits you. Located on State Highway 87 towards Dunedin.
Ph: 03 464 3224.
Groceries, milkshakes, cold drinks, ice cream. 16 Aberafon St. Open every day 9 am - 7:30 pm.
Ph: 03 464 3611
When the gold rush was on in 1873, miners were desperate to keep working even over the cold winter months when the Taeiri River was running high and ice cold. It was decided the best plan of attack was to build a submarine which could be lowered into the Taeiri River. With an open area at the bottom of the submarine, the ambitious miners could work their pans and hopefully make a fortune. Tragically the oxygen supply run out and 3 of the 4 miners died on the first launch. The museum also has farming and war memorabilia which is located on Aberafor Street just around the corner from Cycle Surgery. Ph: 03 464 3853
All the original railway station buildings have been very well maintained. It is arguably the best example of how things were when the line was in its glory days. Many photo opportunities are located in this historic area which is 100 meters from the Otago Central Rail Trail start/finish point.
Browse the town and you will find two churches, the war memorial, small grocery shop, and sheep and horses grazing on empty sections.
You can view the impressive Rock and Pillow Range from the township (snow caped over winter months).
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. Rail Trail Planner providing detailed tours, transport and scenic 4 wheel driving excursions. Ph: 03 464 3755 or 027 251 0049.
Swimming pool is located in the Middlemarch school grounds and is the complex used by the Middlemarch Swimming Club. Contact: Steph Macaulay. Ph: 03 464 3366
For a small rural town, Middlemarch has done very well to maintain its public tennis courts available for public use.
Middlemarch Bowling Club. Contact: Nola Tisdall, Ph: 03 464 3883
From October to April the train travels from Dunedin to Middlemarch and return on Fridays and Sundays. The other 5 days of the week the train does a return journey from Dunedin to Pukerangi, 23km south of Middlemarch. Over the winter months (May – September) the train travels daily to Pukerangi. Refer to the Taieri Gorge Railway (www.taieri.co.nz or Ph 03 477 4449) for exact timetable details.
Middlemarch Singles Ball, not just on the Middlemarch calendar but the world map. From small beginnings in 2002 the ball is held every second year on Easter Saturday.
Cattle, sheep, wool, dog trials, showjumping, in hand horses, hunter round the ring, led rein,small ponies. Great prizes for High Jump and Round the Ring, Supreme Champions for the Horses, Horses do not have to have height certificates, classing is run under Pony Club Guidelines, and are not eligible for Horse of the Year Classes. Home Industries Champions. Spouse Carrying competition and Lawn Mower Races as well.
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