Grahame Sydney's interpretation of the goods shed made Wedderburn on modern day

Wedderburn was at one time close to the centre of a thriving gold and coal mining area. Wedderburn made its mark on modern day New Zealand when painter Grahame Sydney painted ‘July on the Maniototo’; his interpretation of the Wedderburn railway goods shed over the harsh winter months. This has become a well recognised painting of an iconic Central Otago structure.  The shed is now restored to its original 'Railways' green colour.


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Mt Ida Farmstay

Tagged as: Bed & Breakfast, Farmstay

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.


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Wedderburn Cottages

Tagged as: Self - Contained, Farmstay

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. 


Lodge $70.00pp per adult $50 children under 10
Cottage $90.00pp per person

Miners Huts $50.00pp

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Wedderburn Tavern

Tagged as: Hotel, Historic

Wedderburn Tavern (built in 1885) is the highest point on the Otago Central Rail Trail. Relax in the garden bar, take in the views and sample some excellent Central Otago wines or an ice cold beer. Have a game of golf or try your hand at Petanque.


Rooms inside Tavern $55 per person, 2 mud brick rooms sleep 2 per room, $45 per person. Continental breakfast is included.

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Wedderburn Tavern

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.

The Red Barn Visitor Centre

This visitor center offers souvenirs, refreshments for bikers on the go. Ph: 03 444 9194 or 03 444 9124

Wedderburn Goods Shed

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.  

West Eweburn Dam

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.

Off Trail Tours

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

Wedderburn Golf Course

A nine-hole golf course is adjacent to The Red Barn.  Clubs are available for hire from the Wedderburn Cottages or Tavern.

The Red Barn Visitor Centre

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.

Our Blog

Please check our blog articles for more insights into the wonderful sceneries and activities in store for you.

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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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