Today Ranfurly is known as New Zealand's rural art-deco town, with a popular annual art-deco festival which draws people from far and wide

Ranfurly’s architecture brings back the days of 1930’s art deco, when the town was reconstructed after a series of fires destroyed many buildings, including the town hall and hotel. The architect designing the rebuilding of Ranfurly followed the then fashion of art-deco designs, evident with the hotel and town hall, as well as other buildings through the town.

Ranfurly became the Otago Central Railway's main change-over station and a busy town with the loading and offloading of farm supplies. Today Ranfurly is known as the rural art-deco town. Also worth a visit is the Centennial Milk Bar, which now houses the Rural Art Deco Gallery. The Information Centre provides brochures which allow the visitor to go on a self-guided tour of Ranfurly’s art-deco architecture. Ranfurly offers the cyclist variety in their food, beverage, entertainment, and accommodation services, making it a good place to stop.


Population: 663

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Old Post Office Backpackers

Tagged as: Backpackers, Historic

Situated just 2 minutes walk from the Rail Trail, in the heart of Ranfurly, we offer reasonably-priced, clean, comfortable accommodation for solo travelers, families and larger groups.  Closed June/July/August/September.


Mixed Dormitory $35 per person. Rooms from $75 (2 persons), $55 single. 

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Ranfurly Lion Hotel

Tagged as: Hotel, Historic

Located on the Central Otago Rail Trail on Ranfurly’s Main Street directly across from the Visitor Center, this Historic Hotel Built in 1934 the ‘Art Deco Era’ offers affordable Accommodation & Restaurant/Café meals surrounded by warm inviting hospitality.


$75 single share up to $140 for King ensuites


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Trout 'n' Trail B&B

Tagged as: Self - Contained

Private, peaceful and affordable accommodation
relax after your biking  with a cold beer or wine, cook your own bbq
or short stroll to pubs restaurants and supermarket.


2 units  ($120 per couple) and fully equipped house ($110 per couple)

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Ranfurly Motels

Tagged as: Motel, Self - Contained

Ranfurly Motels have been lovingly refurbished in Art Deco colours in keeping with the theme of the town. We are situated just 100metres from the trail in a quiet cul-de-sac.
Set on a 2 acre block of tranquil grounds with beautiful willow trees to rest under.


Studio $130 (1 – 2 people), 2-bedroom $150 (2 people) - $25 extra adult

Continental breakfast available on request.

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Ranfurly Holiday Park & Motels

Tagged as: Motel, Tourist Park / Camping, Self - Contained

Come and relax in our friendly country holiday park situated in the heart of the Maniototo. A great central base for the Rail Trail, fishing, hunting, 4WD tours, horse trekking and rural art deco. We have a range of facilities including motels, cabins, power and non-power sites.


All base prices are per night for 1 or 2 people:

*Children are 2-14 yrs, under 2 free

Motels from $120 - $23 extra adult and $15 extra child

Cabins  from $62 - $20 extra adult and $12 extra child

Powered sites $36 - $18 extra adult and $9 extra child

Tent sites $32 - $16 extra adult and $9 extra child

Please note: Prices and minimum night stays may vary at peak times.

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Ranfurly Lion Hotel

Open all day for casual dining and evening meals. The lounge bar has been restored to reflect the art-deco era, of the towns theme. Enjoy a beer on the sports bar or on the veranda.
10 Charlemont Street East.  Ph: 03 444 9140.

Fantail Kitchen Bakery

Home-made pies and other delectable goodies. 

6 Pery Street.  Ph: 03 444 9307

Four Square

Groceries, beer, wine. 24 Charlemont Street.

Maniototo Four Square and Cafe

Groceries. Postal Agency.Newly opened cafe. The café is open 7am – 6pm Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday, and 8:30am – 5pm on public holidays. 1-3 Pery Street.

The Barmoral Dairy

Open 9:00 am to 9:00 pm 7 days a week over the summer season.

Tasty hamburgers, fish and chips and much more. 17 Northland St. 

E-Central Café

The aroma of E-Central’s coffee will bring you in, and their pleasant patio will keep you there. Quality meals and treats. 
14 Charlemont Street.  Ph: 03 444 8300.

Art Deco Museum

Housed inside the original Centennial Milk Bar building. Displays of Art Deco furniture, arts and homeware. The Art Deco Museum also provides a gift shop. Next to the Ranfurly Information Centre.

Opening hours Tuesday to Sunday ( October to December 1-4 pm, January to May 11am - 4pm )


John Turnbull Thomson's Statue

John Thomson was chief surveyor of Otago. From 1856 until 1858 Thomson surveyed and explored large sections of the interior of the South Island, covering most of the southern half of the island.

Browse the town

View art deco buildings and enjoy shopping.

  • The Curiosity Shop - Fun vintage store with knick-knacks galore and real bargains for the avid hunter. Next to the Ranfurly Information Centre.
  • The Practice - Newly opened gift gallery selling local quality Maniototo crafts, gifts and prints. Coffee is also available.  Located on Northland Street.
  • More Than Books - This shop has a Lotto agency, and sells magazines, gifts, cards, souvenirs, and more. Located on Charlemont Street. East.                                         



Maniototo 4WD Safaris

Experience the rugged terrain of the local landscape and see historic gold mining sites.

John Mulholland Ph: 03 444 9703

Real Dog Adventures

Kennel Tours and Rides with wonderful Alaskan Malamutes & Canadian Eskimo dogs. On the corner of SH85 and Bypass Road. 4kms from Ranfurly.
Ph: 03 444 9952

Ranfurly Swimming Pool

The Ranfurly Swimming Pool is open from November to early April, every day until 8.00pm. This complex provides a 30 metre long pool with a separate toddler’s pool.

John Street. Ph: 03 444 9394

Maniototo Golf Course

Maniototo Golf Club offers a 9-hole course.Tyrone Street.

Ph: 03 444 9633

Ranfurly Tennis Courts

Ranfurly tennis courts and squash courts are located within Maniototo park. 

Ranfurly Bowling Green

Ranfurly Bowling Club.  John Street. Ph: Terry McCloy 444 9559

Ranfurly i-Site Visitor Information Centre

Located in the old railway station the Visitor Centre provides information as well as souvenir DVDs, postcards, clothing, etc. Old telephones and local area displays. Friendly staff will assist you with any Rail Trail or general inquiry.

Standard Hours: 
Winter: Monday to Sunday 9.00am to 5.00pm 
Summer: Monday to Sunday 9.00am to 5.30pm

Public Holidays 9am-5.30pm. Anzac Day 12pm – 5:30pm, Labour Day and Queens Birthday 9.00am-5.00pm, Christmas Day closed

Ph: 03 444 1005

Challenge Petrol Station

Petrol and a selection of food. ATM inside.
5 Northland Street. Ph: 03 444 9011.

Westpac ATM

Opposite Ranfurly i - SITE.

McLarens Transport

Bike Sales and 24 Hour fuel service with card access for out of business hours.
6 Charlemont Street.  Ph: 03 444 9747.

Maniototo Pharmacy

25 Charlemont Street. Ph: 03 444 9111.

Maniototo Agricultural & Pastoral Show

A & P Shows are an important event in any rural community.  Among the traditional horse and sheep events, machinery displays and, always the favourite, the Grand Parade.  There’s candyfloss, a variety of food and retail stalls and, depending on the weather, a kids slippery slide.  A truly rural experience!  

When: 17th February 2021  (canceled)

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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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