Hill > Pit > Lake

On 07 Dec we drove to St Bathans, a gold town established in 1863. (1) The mud brick Vulcan Hotel is fab! (2) Pipes took water to the workings. (3) Blue Lake was originally 120m Kildare Hill which was mined to a 68m deep pit dubbed the 'glory hole'. Mining ceased in 1934 when the... Continue Reading →

All Yellow

Except those that aren't. We were driving back from Central Otago via Moa Flat and through Edievale at which point I asked Nigel to pull over. The reason was this beautiful clump of yellow lupins flowering on the roadside verge with a weathered rustic shed behind the blooms. A few metres further along the road... Continue Reading →

Stark Difference

When the gold miners arrived in Central Otago in the 1860s they didn't bat an eyelid at radically and massively transforming the environment. The initial influx of individuals and small groups gave way to larger operations that harnessed the power of water to obliterate large parts of the landscape. They extracted relatively small amounts of... Continue Reading →

Orchard, Cottage and Cob

Stewart Town wasn't formally named as such. It was an outpost of historic Bannockburn and close to the gold mining activity. David Stewart began the stone cottage in 1873. In the first photo you can see an isolated corner of cob wall that once was part of a cob wall extension to the cottage. David... Continue Reading →

Mountain Views

Same mountain range but each photo taken from a different road. Spring in Central Otago, New Zealand. Pre-birthday road trip, 30 October 2022

Birthday Fun

Birthday fun yesterday.. a trek through thyme-strewn Bannockburn sluicings to Stewart Town where the old stone house also boasts an old orchard +lilac bush! The first pic also has California poppies. And earlier, I'd enjoyed a whirl on this twirly thing in a Cromwell playground. Central Otago, New Zealand.

Decision Thyme

Gold miners massively transformed Central Otago, building incredible water systems to sluice hill faces and access gold. We did a wonderful walk today at Bannockburn, through the sluicings to Stewart Town. And wild thyme is everywhere.. Decision Thyme! New Zealand.

White Tulips

I thought you may enjoy these WHITE tulips! ~note the beautiful lemony multi-petal beauties in the 2nd photo, they're lovely and fluffy-looking, making me think of meringue 😀 Edendale area, Southland, New Zealand 22 October.

Hidden Colour

Hidden Colour. Glimpses of bright colour through trees revealed the presence of these colourful tulips - they were further along the same road as my recent big tulip-block photos - but single fields - and on the opposite side of the road. Seaward Downs, Edendale area, Southland, New Zealand. 22 October.

Big Colour

Big Colour.. fields of Tulips. Spring in Southland, New Zealand. Seaward Downs near Edendale. 22 October.

Huge Tulip Fields

We were driving around the Edendale area looking for tulip fields and hit a bonanza when we saw there was colour up this gravel road. The bands of colour went on and on! It was simply amazing. Multiple huge fields, all planted in tulips. Southland, New Zealand. 22 October.

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