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Activities in Mosgiel - Dunedin, Otago and its surrounds are not to be missed. Enjoy Mosgiel's country town, quieter pace of life while still being close to Dunedin's finest attractions. Mosgiel is very close to Middlemarch, the start/end of the Otago Central Rail Trail, just a 45 minute drive from Mosgiel Regency Motel. For one leg of the journey the Taieri Gorge Train can be used to access the Rail Trail during the summer.
With the scenic Taieri River Gorge on our doorstep, the award-winning Taieri Gorge Train Trip is a great way to view the spectacular landscapes. One option is to board the train at Wingatui Station (by prior arrangement) a short 10min drive from our Motel. For those who love to walk and enjoy nature there are many walking tracks. Explore the countryside along the Taieri river, through the bush or the hill climbs with good look-out points.
The local A&P showgrounds, Equestrian Centre and Wingatui Race Course are a short drive from Mosgiel Regency Motel. If you enjoy a game of golf there are four golf courses nearby, including the 18-hole Taieri Golf Course with its lakeside setting.
Mosgiel has it's own heated pool (summer only) or there is the Moana Pool complex in Dunedin with wave pool and hydro slides. Outram Glen is a favourite picnic spot, 7km from Mosgiel with safe swimming in the Taieri River. For surfing or swimming there are patrolled beaches at St. Clair and St. Kilda in Dunedin or Brighton 10km from our Motel. For a salt-water swim without waves, try the St. Clair heated pool.
Dunedin's historic buildings, Larnach Castle and spectacular flora, fauna and wildlife not seen elsewhere, are very close. See some suggestions below, on what to see and do during your stay at Mosgiel Regency Motel.
Otago Central Rail Trail - Middlemarch/Clyde
A stunning and world-renowned recreational facility designed for leisure walkers and mountain bikers, the Rail Trail is a free public reserve and can be walked or ridden in either direction. The trail follows the former Otago Central branch railway line from Middlemarch to Clyde. Since the line closure in 1990, it has been upgraded and developed to a safe desirable walking track, which includes redecking of 68 bridges. Steeped in history and a sense of remoteness, the trail provides a chance to view scenery not visible from the highway.
Your level of fitness will determine the time it takes to complete the trail; however, allow 3-5 days for mountain biking and 5-7 days to walk.otagorailtrail.co.nz
Historic Buildings - Dunedin Railway Station
Dunedin has some of the largest concentrations of Victorian and Edwardian buildings in New Zealand. Dunedin was the first University City to be created in NZ and the original educational buildings and traditions remain. The University and Railway Station are worth a visit as is the Otago Early Settler Museum and the historical Regent Theatre.
Remains of the city's robust heritage can also be found at the Art Gallery and New Zealand's only castle - Larnach Castle. With its exciting and somewhat tragic history alongside beautiful carved ceilings and breathtaking views, it is definitely a sight to see.wikipedia.org Dunedin Railway Station
Sports Centres - Mosgiel/Dunedin
Dunedin offers a wide range of high level sporting facilities, including: Forsyth Barr Stadium - home venue of the Otago Highlanders rugby team, The Edgar Centre - home venue of the Otago Nuggets basketball team and the University Oval (cricket) at Logan Park.
There is also the New Zealand Sports Institute, Forbury Raceway and Moana Pool with wave pool & hydro slides.
Close to Mosgiel Regency Motel you will find an International Ice Skating and Curling Rink and numerous walking, biking and running tracks. Mosgiel Regency Motel is also very close to the Seddon Park Velodrome.velodromes.com Seddon Park
Wildlife - Albatross/Penguins
Explore the Otago Peninsula and its abundant wildlife. Home to thousands of different animal species, including numerous birds and marine life. The Otago region and its surrounds are a perfect place for getting in touch with New Zealand's nature - be it botanic gardens, amazing bushland or yellow-eyed penguins.
On the peninsula you can go visit seal colonies and albatross colonies. Or you can drive north of Mosgiel for about an hour to the mysterious Moeraki Boulders and incredible heritage town of Oamaru or south down the coastal scenic trip through the Catlins. A trip to NZ's Marine Study Centre is a very informative way of learning about the area's unique wildlife.albatross.org.nz
Main Attractions - Taieri Gorge Railway
Dunedin offers a range of attractions in the main city area and surrounding suburbs. Cadbury World and local Speights Brewery offer second-to-none tours with sampling at the end.
Another top pick is the Taieri Gorge Railway - one of the world's greatest rail trips which departs from Dunedin. Or if you're feeling fit, a walk up Baldwin St, the steepest street in the world.
Lake Waihola, St Clair and St Kilda beaches are close to Mosgiel. Lake Waihola is a popular picnic, fishing, yachting, water-skiing and rowing spot. The lake is surrounded by wetlands, one being the Sinclair Wetlands.speights.co.nz doc.govt.nz Lake Waihola wikipedia.org Lake Waihola Sinclair Wetlands