Big Sky Cottage (self-contained)
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Lauder School B & B
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Lauder Store Accommodation
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Muddy Creek Cutting B & B
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You may not have heard of Lauder – but atmospheric scientists around the world know all about it. The clear, blue skies and pure, clean, dry air encouraged NIWA to base their climate research institute here.
Part of a global network, the NIWA site (National Institute of Weather and Atmospheric Research) has been called the most important place in the southern hemisphere for atmospheric research. You can see the spherical white domes from the trail, or arrange for a group visit while you are here. No light pollution at night makes it a great place to star gaze as well.
The small country community is also innovative and ready to deal with change. The Lauder Hotel was turned around to face the road traffic when the number of rail passengers dropped off. Now the former school and store have been transformed into B&Bs with a difference – and a new café is right beside the trail.
This is also a good base for exploring the Manuherikia Valley and St Bathans area – and the next lap of the trail (heading east) will take day-trippers to the Poolburn Gorge.