Brewery Ruins

The Black Horse brewery opened in 1866 and by all accounts did a very fine brew. The business changed names several times and was eventually bought and closed down by NZ Breweries in 1923. The workers moved to Dunedin and started working for Speight's. Most of this information is from a web page on  Weatherstons ... Continue Reading →

Crossan’s Cottage 1865

Driving along the Roxburgh East Road through the Teviot Valley, I spotted this gorgeous old stone cottage down below. Nigel stopped so I could get photos. Looking for more information I found a Facebook media-set of photos taken 04 October 2015 and was amazed to find the cottage was just a derelict ruin then! Someone's... Continue Reading →

Powerhouse River

Roxburgh hydro dam, on the Clutha / Mata-Au River often referred to as the 'Mighty Clutha River'. I always feel huge respect for this amazing river. There's two big hydro dams on the Clutha - the Roxburgh Dam (completed 1957) and Clyde Dam (completed 1993). Here's some overview photos I took from the top of... Continue Reading →

Power and Connections

Today Nigel had to catch a very early flight from Dunedin Airport so I suggested we stay at Lake Waihola Sunday night so I could drop him at the airport this morning. We settled into our motel Sunday afternoon and then set off for a bit of a driving adventure. I had the bright idea... Continue Reading →

Roxburgh Dam

We turned off the main highway because I wanted to drive over the Roxburgh Dam. My photo's taken from the boat ramp after crossing. Central Otago, New Zealand. 16 Aug.

All That Remains

Bare remains of an old cottage or shelter in a sheep paddock. Another place we pulled off the highway on our return to Roxburgh from Fruitlands. Central Otago, New Zealand. Photos taken by me, 16 Aug 2020. Click on ANY photo to enlarge. In the opposite direction, on the other side of the highway ...... Continue Reading →

Bald Hill Flat

Our lovely Sunday afternoon drive (continued). I'd already mentioned that we were heading to Fruitlands, a wonderful scenic and historic area that pre-1915 was named Bald Hill Flat but then renamed Fruitlands in 1915 in recognition of fruit-growing efforts. This was short-lived as it was too cold but the name remains. It's a farming area... Continue Reading →

Roxburgh in the Teviot Valley

Now we live in Tapanui it's not far to drive to Roxburgh in Central Otago, an inland rural town we're fond of (wouldn't mind living there). It's right by the Clutha River and the town is surrounded by farms and orchards. There's also a hydro dam at East Roxburgh (its 60th anniversary was in 2016).... Continue Reading →

Kelso Stories

My final Kelso post is the stories and photos displayed on the information signs beside the flood monument. The first photo is just a header, the others I've saved larger than usual - click on them till you have the full enlargement (usually 2x clicks). Kelso, West Otago, New Zealand - a town abandoned due... Continue Reading →

Kelso Dairy Factory

The old dairy factory is the first building that drew my attention to Kelso. It's further away from the river than the monument and railway goods shed, and close to a route that we've sometimes taken when driving. Eye-catching building. This is the third post in my Kelso series. Kelso, West Otago, New Zealand. Photos... Continue Reading →

Kelso Railway Goods Shed

Where the town of Kelso was... is now just a long grassy flat with the old railway goods shed still standing in the field. This is my second post about Kelso, a town abandoned due to repeated flooding, with especially big floods occurring in 1978 and 1980.  First post: Kelso - the Town that Was.... Continue Reading →

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