Welcome to Lauder, Omakau & Ophir
Gold was discovered here in 1863 and the town swiftly formed, named after the biblical place where King Solomon sourced his gold. By 1875 the population had hit over 1000 but when the gold disappeared, so did the people. Ophir's fate was sealed when the railway bypassed it in 1904, leaving its main street trapped in time.
The most photogenic of Ophir's heritage buildings is the 1886 post office. At the far end of town, the road heads over the heritage-listed 1870s Dan O’Connell Bridge, a bumpy but scenic crossing that loops back to SH85.
Ophir lays claim to the country’s widest range of recorded temperatures: from -21.6°C to 35°C.