In Otago, New Zealand’s South Island, there is a planet trail along a cycle route on a former railway line. Scale 1:100 million, from the sun to Pluto is a whopping 59 km through the air, and 90 km over the bike path.
Experience an innovative way to explore our solar system while on the trail! The Solar System has been shrunk by a factor of one hundred million to one. Models that accurately reflects the size of the Sun, planets and our Moon, and the distances between them have been placed along the Trail.
The centre of our Solar System, the Sun, is located in Ranfurly and each planet’s location is based on its average orbital (direct) distance from the Sun.