Middlemarch Lodge & Tours

Experience the scenery, the locals and the stories....

Middlemarch Lodge and Tours

Middlemarch Lodge & Tours was setup by Annie Duncan and Donna Soler to enable to them to share their love for this incredible region, combined with their passion for cycling.

Otago is an area rich in history.  It was an area that was settled early as the Gold Rush brought thousands to the area in search of the pot at the end of the rainbow.   Most didn’t find it, but some gold is still in them there hills, as the commercial goldmine at Macraes shows.  

But the real gold is the people – warm hearts, hard workers, and people who love the land.  When you come on one of our tours, you will meet some of them and get to know their story as well as enjoy local produce and food.

Your Hosts.

Annie and Donna are passionate about sharing their love for Otago, whether it's by rail trail, guided local tours taking in history, or a good wine....

Annie Duncan

Annie is a retired sociologist who has spent her working life in research on well-being and health, particularly in relation to the built environment.

For the last 15 years Annie has been a mad-keen cyclist who has done almost every trail in the South Island and many in the North.  Her passion for feeling the wind in her face and being in the landscape (not just looking at it) has driven her to put her energy into this venture.  

She wants to share her love and enjoyment of the outdoors and the freedom it brings with as many people as she can, including those for whom cycling in a new thing.  

And, in her view, there is nowhere in the world as exciting to cycle as Otago, where the sky is big, the mountains spectacular and the cycling everything from easy to really challenging.  Take your pick

Donna Soler

Donna has worked in travel for over thirty years, and was even known as the “Travel Whizz” when working at House of Travel. She has become, in that time, a valuable part of people’s lives through her service and support as they plan their holidays and work travel.

At Middlemarch Lodge, Donna will look after all your bookings and other travel arrangements, including flights and transfers.  

Donna is also a local historian and travel guide who can make your tour informative as well as enjoyable.

Contact us to arrange your own custom tour package