The deer cap­i­tal of New Zealand

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

Moss­burn is widely re­garded as the deer cap­i­tal of New Zealand with the mighty stag statue stand­ing proudly in the town­ship. prov­ing a pop­u­lar photo stop for tourists.

Home to the first veni­son farms in New Zealand, deer farm­ing now forms a large part of the towns econ­omy. This came about due to the re­cov­ery of wild live deer from Fiord­land in the early 1970’s.

Lo­cated on the main high­way from Queen­stown to Mil­ford Sound, Moss­burn is a thriv­ing lit­tle com­mu­nity with two garages, a ho­tel, gen­eral store and diner, gift shop with a gar­den cen­tre and cafe and Wapiti Leathers - where you can pur­chase a wide va­ri­ety of deer-re­lated prod­ucts.

Moss­burn is also noted for its won­der­ful lo­cal farm stays where vis­i­tors can ex­pe­ri­ence first hand the many nat­u­ral trea­sures the area has to of­fer.

Dur­ing the later part of 2006, Merid­ian En­ergy de­cided to erect the first wind farm at White Hill, a promi­nant hill­side be­hind the town. Boast­ing a to­tal of 29 tur­bines it was of­fi­cially opened by then Prime Min­is­ter He­len Clark in 2007.

At full ca­pac­ity it can pro­duce enough elec­tric­ity to power 30,000 homes.

With a num­ber of eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble walk­ing tracks, nine hole golf course, tennis courts, chil­dren’s play ground and swim­ming pool, Moss­burn is an ideal stopover for any­one trav­el­ling to and from Fiord­land.

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