Wedderburn - Ranfurly

Wedderburn to Ranfurly   Distance: 13 km 

  • The trail from Wedderburn to Ranfurly is pretty much a downhill cruise across the vast Maniototo Plain surrounded by the Mt Ida, Rough Ridge, Hawkdun and Rock and Pillar Ranges, as well as the Kakanui Mountains. These mountains are mostly snow-covered in winter and spring.
  • Two gangers’ sheds along this section of the Trail provide shelter and interesting reading.
  • Ranfurly is the districts main rural supply and services centre and is also recognised for its many Art Deco buildings. For Rail Trailers it may come in handy to know Ranfurly also has a modern hospital and on the main street, there’s a large pharmacy.
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First views of the vast Maniototo Plain

This section of the trail offers the first views of the vast Maniototo Plain which is surrounded by the Mt Ida, Rough Ridge, Hawkdun and Rock and Pillar Ranges, as well as the Kakanui Mountains. 


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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