Where Grahame Sydney's famous goods shed painting comes to life
Central Otago artist Sir Grahame Sydney put Wedderburn on the map with ‘July on the Maniototo’, his interpretation of the Wedderburn railway goods shed on a snowy winter’s day. The shed has since been moved to its original Wedderburn station site where it has been joined by the old station building. Only a few metres from where the Otago Central Rail Trail crosses State Highway 85, the station site is an ideal meeting point for cyclists or walkers and accompanying vehicles. Entering Wedderburn from the Ida Valley, a recommended stop is the trail-side, community run Red Barn Information Centre.
Located close to the summit and at the halfway point of the Rail Trail, Wedderburn is the perfect stop to explore and experience the uniqueness of Central Otago. The histroic Wedderburn Tavern, built in 1885, situated in the heart of the Maniototo Plain on the Central Otago Rail Trail.Rates:
$300 per night, max 4 guestsmore info
Mt Ida Farmstay (circa 1920s) is situated right on the highest point of the Central Otago Rail Trail with a downward glide to either Wedderburn (3km) or Oturehua (8km). This lovingly maintained farmhouse offers quality self-contained Bed and Breakfast accommodation in a tranquil, cosy setting. An added bonus if the secluded outdoor spa pool.Rates:
On applicationmore info
Experience the country lifestyle at Wedderburn. The Lodge and Cottages offer excellent accommodation situated at the top of the Otago Central Rail Trail. This is a very popular stop on the Rail Trail.Rates:
Lodge $70.00pp per adult $50 children under 10
Cottage $90.00pp per person
Miners Huts $50.00ppmore info
This visitor center offers souvenirs, refreshments for bikers on the go. Ph: 03 444 9194 or 03 444 9124
Built in 1885 and full of charm. Relax in the gardens and soak up the stunning Maniototo scenery whist enjoying genuine country style meals and great southern hospitality. Car & Van rentals available.
Ph: 03 444 9548.
A good photo opportunity presents itself with the Wedderburn Goods Shed. This magical building made famous by Grahame Sydney, never fails to please through a camera lens.
If you are driving from Wedderburn to Ranfurly, look out for the sign on your left signing “West Eweburn”. After passing three gates and travelling for 6km along the gravel, you will discover the West Eweburn Dam, one of Central Otago’s best kept secrets. Nobody ever leaves here disappointed. Please take extreme care on the road.
George Lindsay has extensive knowledge of the history and terrain of Central Otago and offers compelling tours and dining packages. Car hires are available for one day, specially for rail trailers from 3pm to 10am.
Ph: 03 444 9127
A nine-hole golf course is adjacent to The Red Barn. Clubs are available for hire from the Wedderburn Cottages or Tavern.
Adjoining Wedderburn Cottages, this visitor’s centre offers souvenirs, refreshments for bikers on the go. As well as an audio visual display of Wedderburn’s history.
Phone Lorraine on 03 444 9194 or Alison on 03 444 9124.
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