Moa Flat in Winter

We stopped here to get some snow photos as we went through Moa Flat yesterday, on our way to Central Otago.  Here we’re high up, before descending to Ettrick and then heading through Roxburgh into Central. New Zealand.


These first two photos taken by Nigel 07 Aug 2019.

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The next photo zooms in more closely on the snow.

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Our favourite route when driving from Tapanui to Central Otago.


I did some posts last summer after we spent time at this same location, 12 January – here’s a photo Nigel took with the same mountain range in the background:

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And another that I took posted under “Two Prickly Characters” 🙂

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Text by Liz, photos by Nigel and Liz; Exploring Colour (2019)

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    1. It took some hunting to find anything definitive but the answer is yes. “Another moa-hunter’s camp was examined by Dr. Hector in 1862, at a place called Moa Flat, from the quantity of moa-bones found there.” [Link to follow] and I found a “distribution of moa” map that’s quite fun (start with “upland moa” but you’ll find there would’ve been some other species in the area too if you try the others). Article Link: http://www.jps.auckland.ac.nz/document//Volume_41_1932/Volume_41%2C_No._162/The_material_culture_of_the_Moa-hunters_in_Murihiku%2C_by_David_Teviotdale%2C_p_81-120/p1 Map Link: https://teara.govt.nz/en/interactive/11365/distribution-of-moa

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    1. Thank you Renee..lovely comment. There’s great comfort in nature and we love the beauty and enjoy it. Terrible things are happening but I believe there’s a bigger picture 🙂

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  1. Oh my, the beauty is in the simplicity, the silent majesty of these mountains who hold centuries while we busy ourselves trying to catch minutes in sieves that can’t even hold our breath. Breath taking, which it should be, just to stop the car and stand and gaze and see these marvels. You guys are lucky buggers indeed!
    I am slightly reminded of a photo I took years ago in Connemara, in the west of Ireland, W.B. Yeats Country, very dramatic like this, I am off there next week actually to see if it could be somewhere wild enough to comfort me for the coming years.
    P.s, I am seeing two friends tonight who I have not seen in over 14 years, a married couple who were chefs in a restaurant I worked at in London a lifetime ago. He is an Aussie and she a Kiwi!!! I imagine your name and blog will be a firm discussion at the table!!

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    1. On days when we’re privileged to both go on a trip like this we do appreciate how lucky we are! Love the centuries/minutes thoughts..made me think of the term ‘minute-taking’, making me laugh. Connemara sounds such a wonderful name, I’d love to think of you having wild adventures in ‘Connemara’! Kudos to them maintaining a long-term Aussie/Kiwi relationship 🙂 Keep an eye on what I’m posting..in the next day or two I’ll be posting some very interesting art. Much love, Liz xx

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        1. I’m thinking I’d like to learn more about Irish history (from way back to current..what happened along the way). If you know any online material or great books (non-fiction or well-researched fiction) I’d welcome any recommendation. I know so little I’m afraid 😦 If the info is great, it’s fine if it only covers a tiny bit of that very long timeline!

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