We love to take our guests on fully guided local area tours around Middlemarch in our van and share our love of Otago. Hosts Donna Soler and Anne Duncan are travel guides who can make your tour informative as well as enjoyable.  

Or if you prefer, we offer heli-tours of the area, including an option for a visit to Lammermoor gin and whiskey distillery.  Or fly overt the magnificent Rock and Pillar ranges.   We also offer scenic flights over Macraes gold mine -  you will never forget a trip like this!  You can even add a champagne stop along the way.

Strath Taieri Scenic Helicopter Tours and Lammermoor Distillery Tasting

We offer pick up from Middlemarch Lodge for either a Strath Taieri Scenic 35 minute flight (can include a champagne stop) or an hour long tasting visit at Lammermoor gin and whiskey distillery.  Priced from $549 per person.
Email us on info@middlemarchlodge.co.nz to enquire.

Vehicle Tours: Get to Know Middlemarch Half Day Tour

Otago is 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.   Many 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.  You will meet some of them on our tours and get to know their story as well as enjoy local produce and food.

Strath Taieri Explorer Full Day Tours

Full day tours (lasting six hours) going either north to Kyeburn or south to Lawrence will introduce you to the special area that is Strath Taieri and Otago.  

These tours cost $150 per person.   Use of fishing gear and gold pans is included.  Food and refreshments are at your own cost. 

Our unique, customised packages include:

  • Information on this unique place in New Zealand’s history
  • Local attractions
  • Morning tea or lunch
  • A visit to Macraes gold mining area
  • Explore Sutton Salt Lake
  • This is a half day tour at a time that suits you.  It takes 3.5 hours at a cost of $65 per person.

Lawrence Full Day Tour
Pan for gold at Gabriel’s Gully as part of the full day Lawrence tour – and yes there is still gold to be found!   Visit the Chinese gold miners' camp or take a short historic guided walking tour of the township, which was the site of New Zealand’s first gold rush. 

Lawrence offers a wide range of attractions from heritage buildings, the Tuapeka goldfields Museum, and the Bellview Wetlands.  For the adventurous, try the Beaumont jet boat and enjoy local wildlife in and near the Clutha River.

Kyeburn Full Day Tour
Travel north from Middlemarch to Kyeburn and soak up the history of the region.  

As its name implies, Kyeburn Diggings, like the many settlements in the Maniototo, is derived from the early gold miners' pursuit of gold the 1860s, followed by coal mining in Kyeburn's case. 

This tour includes Naseby, where you can try your hand at curling, and the art-deco town of Ranfurly.

Bespoke Tours
We can organise a trip to any local attraction you are interested in. 

For example, you may wish to experience the Lammermoor Gin Distillery, or enjoy a fishing experience in the area. 

Talk to us to tailor a tour to your interests

Talk to us about your unique, customised local area tour package now.

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