Mosgiel is a small satellite town of Dunedin. The town is located 15kms from the ‘capital’ of Otago and is now by-passed by state highway 1. Mosgiel itself is the ‘capital’ of Taieri
Mosgiel has also suffered from the two decade economic affliction that Dunedin has had to endure, but unlike Gore as an example has not made, or has not been able to steer itself into economic or social vibrancy.
The town celebrates its location, calling itself "The pearl of the plain". Its low-lying nature does pose problems, making it prone to flooding after heavy rains.
Mosgiel itself takes its name from Mosgiel in Ayrshire, the farm of the poet Robert Burns the uncle of the co-founder in 1848 of the Otago settlement, the Reverend Thomas Burns
The majority of essential services are available in Mosgiel and when passing through to the high plains or Middlemarch the town does deserve a stop-off. Mosgiel does not have a museum, and given the influence on the Taieri province is disjointing.