Waikaia Poem

Yesterday afternoon after an art gallery event in Gore, we made a spur-of-the-moment decision to drive to Waikaia for pizza in the pub rather than return to our too-warm home in Gore (height of summer here in New Zealand). The photos here were all taken yesterday and I'm also presenting a Waikaia poem by Kay... Continue Reading →

Blowing in the Wind. Country drive near Waikaia 20 Oct 2018. Spreading lime. I like the way Nigel caught the road ahead and the road behind, and the nice clouds. Southland, New Zealand

Switzers Church

Switzers is the location of the old gold town that preceded Waikaia and its about 3km from the Waikaia village. You turn off onto a gravel driveway that goes up a hill, and around the bend this lovely little church is revealed. Switzers dates back to the gold mining days of the 1860s. Photos taken... Continue Reading →

Heads Up, Waikaia

Another interesting aside that dates back to our Waikaia trip on 20 October 2018. After we'd arrived and parked outside the pub we went for a bit of a walk. We found ourselves on this street with houses down one side and a wide tree-lined grassy verge on the other. It looked inviting so we... Continue Reading →

Waikaia Happiness

Happiness is... a trip to Waikaia. We enjoy a trip into the back country so much and the village of Waikaia in the middle of nowhere is a fantastic place to go. Nigel and I went there on 20 October. I've already shared some photos from that day's trip - we covered a lot of... Continue Reading →

Seating at Switzers

When we visited the location of the old 1860s gold mining town of Switzers near Waikaia, I also took photos of the concrete picnic table and seats that are near the church. What a lovely place this is, and I'm so glad to now live near here. To see the church and the detail of... Continue Reading →

Switzers Church and Cross

About 3km from the little town named Waikaia (in the middle of nowhere) that I've posted about before, there's the location of the older town that dates back to the gold mining days of the 1860s. The old town had to be moved three times because they kept siting it in the middle of gold... Continue Reading →

Best Ice-Creams

Saturday 20 October, after stopping at Mandeville and watching the steam train, we drove to one of our favourite little country villages. Its way off the highway in the middle of nowhere and boasts a large bottle-shaped building made of 20,000 wine bottles (previous post). We had pizza and drinks at the pub and then... Continue Reading →

20,000 Wine Bottles

20,000 wine bottles in this bottle house standing tall in the small rural village of Waikaia, Southland, New Zealand. The big bottle is right in the centre of the village. If you look closely you can see the bottles have been carefully placed to create a patterned exterior. Its part of Switzers Museum and Bottle... Continue Reading →

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