INFORMATION ABOUT OUR AREA

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Middlemarch is a small town in Otago with a population of 200. The area surrounding Middlemarch is known as the Strath Taieri district. Our school is named after this area as all of our students travel from there to get to school. Strath means upper and Taieri is named after the Taieri river. Strath Taieri School was originally a high school.

Originally known as Blair Taieri, there is a popular misconception that the town is named for George Eliot's novel Middlemarch. The true origin of the name is from the obsolete English term "March" meaning a boundary - in this case a middle area between two rivers.

Middlemarch has the Rock and Rillar range on one side of it and the Taieri Ridge on the other side. The Rock and Pillar Range forms the southern boundary of the Strath Taieri plains. The Taieri River is the forth longest river in new Zealand. Middlemarch is the end point on the popular Central Otago Rail Trail.

FUN STUFF TO DO

- Walking and fourwheel driving up the Rock and Pillar Ranges
- Visit the Sutton Salt Lake
- Fishing and swimming on the Taieri River
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- Pony club
- A & P Show
- Cafes

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: www.middlemarch.co.nz