Arts & Crafts

The Arches

The result of a "Sculpture in Public Places" competition won by Otago Polytechnic students Rebecca South and Jesse Stevens. They said about their project: "After visiting Middlemarch we felt the fundamental issues that needed to be represented in this work were the landscape, the environment and the people." And so the use of schist was the medium chosen for this evocative sculpture, located near the beginning of the Otago Central Raul Trail.

Cushions, Tea Towels and Aprons

An original collection of keepsakes created as a handy memento of your journey across the Otago Central Rail Trail - 150km of New Zealand's most stunning scenery.

Junction Crafts

Affected by cessation of train trips. A web site is being developed to enable the craftspeople to continue trading

Contacts: 464 3145 or 464 3091 or 464 3200

Rock 'n' Pillar Replicas

Rock 'n' Pillar Replicas are small handcrafted stone buildings based on actual buildings erected in the Otago area in the 1800s. The scarceness of timber made it necessary for the pioneers to find alternative building materials. Local rock was cheap and readily available. This rock, schist, could easily be split into blocks ideal for building. The permanency of these buildings is evident by the numbers still standing today, a lot still being in use.

We ship anywhere in the world. Available at local craft outlets.

O Tawhiri Gallery

O Tawhiri Gallery is a small gallery space situated at the Middlemarch train station on Snow Ave. Located at the end (or beginning ) of the Rail Trail and a popular destination for the Taieri Gorge train, it is a perfect stop off point on your journeys way.  Prints and cards are for sale as also original artworks from a selection of local and national artists. Gallery hours are currently Sunday 12 to 2 pm or by appointment. 
O Tawhiri Gallery has kindly been set up with funding from Dunedin City Council and is Middlemarch's first ever gallery space, we welcome you to come and enjoy our little gallery.