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Ranfurly is a town in the Central Otago District of Otago, New Zealand. Ranfurly is well known for its Art Deco buildings, such as its hotel and the milk bar.


110 km north of Dunedin, it lies in the dry rough plain of Maniototo at a moderately high altitude (around 430 metres above sea level) close to a small tributary of the Taieri River. It operates as a service town for the local farming community. The town used to be known as Eweburn, one of the "farmyard" names bestowed by former Otago Chief Surveyor John Turnbull Thomson on many small streams and locations in the district. The modern name honours the Fifth Earl of Ranfurly, who served as Governor of New Zealand (1897–1904) at the time of the extension of the Otago Central Railway to the area.

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  • 1 Ranfurly Art Deco Gallery, 1 Charlemont Street East, +64 34449963. Art Deco gallery in the former Centennial Milk Bar, which was built in the 1930s.
  • 2 Hayes Engineering Works. Sep-May 10AM-5PM. A historic factory maintained by the Heritage New Zealand. The factory was previously run by Ernest Hayes, inventor of a famous wire strainer in 1924 and still used today in building wire fences. from $12.


  • 1 Otago Central Rail Trail. 150-km walking, cycling and horse riding track which passes through Ranfurly, on the way between Clyde and Middlemarch. Otago Central Rail Trail (Q2036644) on Wikidata Otago Central Rail Trail on Wikipedia






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