• The Old Dunstan Road
  • View of Middlemarch
  • Steam locomotive in Taieri Gorge
  • Middlemarch Community Garden
  • Sutton Camp
  • Arriving for the Middlemarch Singles Ball
  • Big Hut on Rock and Pillar range
  • Strath Taieri Community Hall
  • Red and white currant berries
  • Sheep near Pukeranmgi
  • Prices Creek Tunnel on Otago Central Rail Trail

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At Home in Middlemarch during WW1Middlemarch Museum

Visit the Museum to learn what it was it like to live in this district in days gone by. More...

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Explore Middlemarch - Inland Dunedin

Middlemarch is an hour's scenic drive from Dunedin or by train aboard the world class Taieri Gorge Railway. (Not running. Watch for new developments.)

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.

You can now view, print or download a copy of our local monthly newsletter, the October 2022

"Strath Taieri Rock and Pillar Post"

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A big thanks to the Strath Taieri Lions for their funding and support.

There's also the Strath Taieri A & P Show in March, Otago Hunt Club's hunts and jumping show in March and April.

You will love the distinct landscape of Middlemarch and the wider Strath Taieri district, and the Rock & Pillar mountain range featured in Peter Jackson's film, "The Hobbit." Take a look! (Strath Taieri features at 1.15min in the first and 2.20min in the second):



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 acommodation options throughout the district.

» Geology along the Otago Central Rail Trail (informative interactive map from Department of Geology, Univerity of Otago)

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.

» Download "Activities at a glance" from Middlemarch Promotions (PDF, 57KB)

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 old Dunstan Road and the farming area of Hindon to explore.

We look forward to welcoming you!