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Rail Trail: Day 3 to Hyde

In more overcast weather we set off on the 44km jaunt to Hyde. I really liked simple photogenic little Wedderburn and vowed to come back and stay another time.

Somewhere between Wedderburn and Ranfurly

Somewhere between Wedderburn and Ranfurly

First station stop of the day was Ranfurly where we had a quick poke around the station buildings. The town was originally known as Eweburn, which given the Wedderburn thing made you wonder if the Chief Surveyor back in the day set out on a theme he would feel compelled to maintain. Surely we wouldn’t come across a Hoggetburn or Lamburn?

Ranfurly station

Ranfurly station

Ranfurly is the largest town in the Maniototo district. Maniototo is Maori for ‘plains of blood’ – hopefully not the blood of Rail Trail cyclists.

On we trundled

On we trundled

We approached the Rock and Pillar Range which we’d then hug the base of for the rest of the day.

Central Otago Rail Trail, irrigation channel

The vast land around here was subdivided after WW1 as part of the rehabilitation scheme for returning servicemen. Further back in time this was a forested area inhabited by the now long-extinct moa.

Central Otago Rail Trail, between Ranfurly and Kokonga

Kokonga station used to be here. A small settlement is still located nearby

Kokonga station used to be here. A small settlement is still located nearby

We didn't see other riders all that often

We didn’t see other riders all that often (and liked it that way)

Daisybank is one of the Trail entry/exit points

Daisybank is one of the Trail entry/exit points

Not sure who the red dwarf was

Not sure who the red dwarf was

Lunch stop by the Taieri River on the way to Hyde

Lunch stop by the Taieri River

Tiroiti station was here, servicing one of the railway construction camps

Tiroiti station was here, servicing one of the railway construction camps

Is it just me or does Mike look a bit gigantic?

Is it just me or does Mike look a bit gigantic?

After the challenge of strong cross winds in the last sector, and after what was probably the last tunnel of the Trail, we arrived in Hyde. The old mining town lives on though today is sustained moreso (in part anyway) by Rail Trail tourism than small shiny particles.

Otago Central Hotel, Hyde

This would be our stop for the night. We had booked with the Otago Central Hotel but as the hotel part was full of Rotarians, we were put in a separate house a short distance away.

As was our pattern, there was time left in the day to both explore and kick back.

Always happy if I find an old and abandoned building or two

Always happy if I find an old and abandoned building or two

Old sheds, Hyde, Otago

Inside the hotel

Inside the hotel

Day three done. Station stamps collected from: Ranfurly, Waipiata, Kokonga, Tiroiti. In the morning we would collect the Hyde stamp and also find the site of Hyde’s unfortunate main claim to fame: NZ’s second-worst rail disaster.

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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Great photo report. I found interesting that in some of Your photos landscapes were quite similar that in our Northern parts of Finland.

    29 July 2013
    • Finland and NZ are about as far apart as you can get but landscape similarities do help make the world a smaller place. Thanks!

      30 July 2013
  2. Glad you didn’t come to Hyde, Cheshire, now this place is really a dump.

    30 July 2013
  3. Great photos — love the clouds — and the red dwarf hut? Awesome!

    30 July 2013

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