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Ranfurly is the largest settlement in the Maniototo district of Otago, New Zealand. Located 110 kilometres north of Dunedin, it lies in dry rough country at a moderately high altitude (around 430 metres above sea level) close to a small tributary of the Taieri River. It operates as a service town for the local farming community. The town was formerly known as Eweburn, one of the "farmyard" names bestowed by former Otago Chief Surveyor John Turnbull Thomson on many small streams and locations in the district. The modern name honours the Fifth Earl of Ranfurly, who served as Governor of New Zealand (1897-1904) at the time of the extension of the Otago Central Railway to the area.ClimateCentral Otago in general, and the Maniototo in particular, has one of New Zealand's very few continental-climate zones, with large daily and seasonal temperature extremes. Summers and winters are both fierce: in the summer highest temperatures around 30°C. In coldest winter days temperatures fall around -5°C. The lowest temperature on record in New Zealand (-25.6°C) was recorded at Ranfurly in 1903. Heavy frosts are common throughout winter.The town is sheltered from the prevailing rain patterns by the mountains to the west. The Nor'wester foehn wind is thus a frequent weather pattern, and annual rainfall is only in the region of 300-400mm.
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