Middlemarch is an hour's scenic drive from Dunedin or by train aboard the world class Taieri Gorge Railway. The change from the city is remarkable - rural New Zealand at its best.
See a sheep being shorn, dogs working sheep, experience the slow pace, the quietness, the wide open sky. But don't think nothing happens here! You have probably heard of the world famous biannual Singles Ball, which will be on again in 2015. There's the A & P Show, the Rail Trail Duathlon and the Mid-Winter Christmas and the all new Crater Run Trail Ride.
Many visitors come to Middlemarch to cycle the iconic Otago Central Rail Trail. Middlemarch is ready to help you have a memorable cycling holiday adventure. Our Tourist Hub has information about locally-based Rail Trail operators, cycle hire outlets and transport options. There is also a great range of accommodation options throughout the district.
Other activities include cycling the many fascinating back roads, walking to New Zealand’s only inland salt lake, visiting the vast Te Papanui Scenic Reserve, fishing for trout in the Taieri River, play golf and tennis, browse the Museum and craft galleries, tramp on the Rock and Pillar Range or take a tour of the Strath Taieri Valley.
We haven't forgotten your latte! Enjoy traditional and contemporary New Zealand foods at one of the local cafés or homestays.
Besides the township of Middlemarch, there's the old mining township of Hyde, Pukerangi, also known for mining, Clarks Junction on the historic Dunstan Road and the farming area of Hindon to explore.