South Canterbury, New Zealand lies in the centre of the South
Island bounded by the
Rangitata River to the north and Waitaki River to the south and stretching from
the east coast to the
Southern Alps where Mount Cook dominates the range. The
5,276 square miles or 3,504,640 acres of land changes from plain to downland to
foothills and mountains. The Mackenzie Basin has three large lakes; Ohau, Pukaki
and Tekapo that are all
part of the Waitaki River catchment and contributes to the supply of water which
provides electric power for the South Island.
the Waitaki Hydro Scheme (June 2). Industries include tourism, grain growing
and dairy, deer, cattle and sheep farming. The port of Timaru is a central multipurpose bulk handling facility. The foothills -
Four Peaks, Hunter Hills, the hills behind
Fairlie and the Two Thumb Range
are often dusted with snow. Refresh page to view the images above - four of the photos are
views on the opposite side of Four Peaks, the Fairlie Basin, looking back
towards Four Peaks from Middle Rd, Sherwood Downs and a painting of the run "Ribbonwood"
on the Sherwood Range part of the Two Thumb Range.
Take the roads less travelled for
thirteen days and that will make all the difference when touring the South
Island - the shingle roads.
Braemar Rd and Upper
Rangitata Gorge Rd. Get out in the country and go for a Sunday drive,
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What is next? Four Peaks. A Sunday drive up the Te Moana Rd. Anyone interested?
Essay of the month and the Four Peaks Homestead in 1921 (page 122) and 2015 (page 141).
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'I do not dream of Sussex downs
or quaint old England's
quaint old towns;
I think of what will yet be seen
In Johnsonville or Geraldine.'
by Dennis Glover (1936)
From Geraldine, fresh snow on Tripp Peak at 1,653m. the fourth peak in Four Peaks, Sunday morning 4 June 2017 and a quail on top of the tree to the far right.
Left to right: Devils Peak 1,587 m (5206ft)
Fiery Peak 1,525 m (5003ft) - rocks on top
Waihi Peak 1,478 m (4849ft) - the smallest of the four peaks
Tripps Peak 1,653 m (5423ft) at the back of Blue Mountain station.
Blue Mountain the large round top to the right stretching for three miles, is covered with rock, snow grass and with snow during the winter months.
The two of the lesser hills between Waihi Peak and Tripp Peak are called Mt Edith and Mt Catherine after Tripp family members.
Four Peaks homestead gateway with agapanthus lillies outside the gate and a
driveway of linden trees. 2nd June 2017
Rev. James Preston
- Primitive Landscape Artist, South
Good morning from the paradise ducks at Talbot Forest.
Sound. Female predominates. Male on guard.
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