Middlemarch is on state highway 85 and is one of many alternative routes to Queenstown. The town lies in a huge and impressive valley that in truth makes driving a delight. Middlemarch is a nice strip town that had its birth in the railway era.
The rail is now terminating at Middlemarch and the Central Otago Trail track begins.
Several suggestions exist about how the township was named. One is that Mrs Alice Humphreys, whose husband Edward Wingfield Humphreys owned and had surveyed for sale of sections in this new township, was reading George Eliots nove Middlemarch.
As with many places in and close to the Maniototo area, its name may have been influenced by the Northumberland ancestry of early surveyor John Turnbull Thomson (there is a Middle March region in Northumberland, centred on the town of Otterburn). Whose name will come up again at Ranfurly.
Be sure to stop and take in this great little town.