16 Charlemont Street
Ranfurly 9332

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Ranfurly is a town in the Central Otago District of Otago, New Zealand. Located 110 kilometres north of Dunedin, it lies in the dry rough plain of Maniototo at a moderately high altitude close to a small tributary of the Taieri River. It operates as a service town for the local farming community.

Ranfurly was established in 1898 as a railhead for the Central Otago railway line. At the time, the neighbouring gold rush town of Naseby was the main centre of Maniototo, but because the railway bypassed Naseby, Ranfurly gradually took over as the administrative and economic centre of the area.

The Maniototo is one of New Zealand’s unparalleled places — a vast, soulful plain fringed by craggy, tussock-clad hills and sturdy mountain ranges. Big blue skies by day become incredible dark skies by night. Naseby residents know this for a fact – they’ve been taking scientific readings and their night skies are up there with the best.

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