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Central Otago inland road trip: Queenstown to Dunedin


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  • Sutton Salt Lake views with a great cycling and walking trail
  • Walks and tracks from short easy strolls to multiple day tramsp to the top of Rock and Pillars Range
  • Photographers dream location, landscape panoramic views
  • Stargazing with very little light pollution
Otago Central Rail Trail

The Otago rail cycle trail starts at Middlemarch. Other activities include visiting the remote tussock lands of Te Papanui Scenic Reserve and exploring the many side roads. The town has an excellent volunteer managed museum with craft galleries and cafes serving flat white coffees with the best of them. The town boasts of a golf course and swimming pool. During summer when the Taieri Gorge Train (check for updates about whether the Taieri Gorge train is operating) arrives pop up craft shops open at the heritage railway station specialising in local artisan goods. As a memento of your stay in Middlemarch snap a photo of two merino Oamaru stone sheep forever waiting outside the local pub. The sheep are straddling schist pillars. For details where to go check Middlemarch: things to do in a trip guide.

Your journey finishes in Dunedin where there is plenty to do and see. For a Dunedin travel guide check here Dunedin travel guide, best FREE things to see, what to do: NZ Jane.

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