Ranfurly is another of those New Zealand towns that has the potential for a pleasant surprise. Ranfurly is small but is clearly a proud community. Ranfurly has adopted the title of the Art Deco ‘capital of the Sth Island, which in truth is a bit of a stretch but is definitely a community objective.
Ranfurly is also a rail town is in this new era of the Central Otago Cyclist Trail is going to be beneficiary of this new (mini at first) boon. And is intent on cashing in on the trail.
Ranfurly is also in this magnificent central Otago valley with magnificent vistas.
Ranfurly was formerly 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 is for the Fifth Earl of Ranfurly, who was Governor-General of New Zealand.
Who is the same Earl whose long term history is tied the ‘log ‘o’ wood’ the Ranfurly Shield that is a prestigious NZ rugby event.
The former railway station is now a museum and display centre.
The town became an important service centre for the rural community, experiencing a building boom in the 1930s.
The nearby Ida Valley was used as one of the locations for Peter Jackson's 2001–03 Lord of the Rings film trilogy, representing the wide plains of Rohan.
Allow some time to enjoy what Ranfurly and its people have to offer.