Oturehua & Wedderburn


Bonspiel - OturehuaOturehua - Gilchrists Store






Originally known as Rough Ridge, Oturehua is now a quiet township serving the farming community of the Ida Valley and the increasingly popular Otago Central Rail Trail.  One well known attraction just outside Oturehua is the Idaburn Dam, site of the annual Brass Monkey Motorcycle Rally and, when weather permits, the dam is also host to the Bonspiel, an ancient tournament for all Curling Clubs, which can only be held on ice.  A tour of Hayes Engineering Works and the Golden Progress mine is not to be missed (Heritage Experiences).

Oturehua Railway Hotel

Oturehua Railway Hotel in the Ida Valley situated beside the Trail and in the heart of the village of Oturehua.  Open daily from 10.00 am until close and offering warm southern hospitality. Our daily changing menu is fresh and varied catering to all tastes and requirements.  Free WiFi available with any purchase.  Enjoy the sunshine in our large family orientated beer garden and playground, a game of Petanque or a game of draughts on our giant board.  On cooler days relax on our comfortable couches beside the fire.  We offer a range of non alcoholic beverages, fine Hummingbird coffees, craft beers, ciders and local wines … (more)


Inside Gilchrists StoreGilchrists Store

Gilchrists store is New Zealand’s oldest (1902) continuously operating general store selling everything from Pies to Grahame Sydney prints.   Stop for coffee, stock up on groceries, grab an ice cream or book in to ‘The Old Store’ B&B.  Display shelves full of products which must be nearly as old as the store are definitely worth a picture. Accommodation available … (more)


Wedderburn Railway StationRail Trail sunset at Wedderburn

Situated on State highway 85, Wedderburn is the highest point on the trail, located on the halfway mark. You will pass by the Wedderburn Good Shed which was made famous by the 1975 Graham Sydney painting “July on the Maniototo”. Wedderburn was the next terminus on the Central Otago Railway and headquarters for the Public Works Department during the construction of the section of the line leading into the Ida Valley. Originally a coach and wagon stop, Wedderburn offers quality accommodation, meals and coffee. A welcome chance to refuel after a thirsty day on the trail.

Wedderburn CottagesWedderburn Cottages

Situated right on the Otago Central Rail Trail,  Wedderburn Cottages offer family accommodation, self contained cottages or studio units.  Large groups are welcome, linen & continental breakfast is supplied.  With it’s own 9-hole golf course, farm tours and the ‘Red Barn’ information kiosk, you’ll be ready to relax …. (more)


Wedderburn Tavern

Top on The Trail, built in 1885, the historic Wedderburn Tavern is situated in the heart of the Maniototo Plain on the Central Otago Rail Trail. Double tavern accommodation is available.  They offer Southern hospitality complimented by a genuine country style menu and award winning Central Otago wines. Sit back in the garden bar and take in the superb mountain views while rehydrating after a day on the trail  …. (more)

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