If Art Deco architecture excites you, then New Zealand is a great place to look around, and Ranfurly is one town not to miss. The district county offices, banks and other services were moved from Naseby to Ranfurly after the Central Otago railway line was constructed and Ranfurly became the central point of the line.
From the 1930s the town developed rapidly, adopting the Art Deco building style popular during that era. In recent years many buildings in Ranfurly have been restored to their former Art Deco glory. The local Art Deco Gallery gives you a bigger picture of the movement.
A new event on the calendar is the Ranfurly Rural Art Deco Weekend held in February each year. The weekend’s program includes cabaret and cocktails, entertainment, buskers, jazz bands, art and crafts, a jazz brunch and other activities with a nostalgic theme centred around the Jazz Age.