Plenty to entertain in Roxburgh
Visitors to the Teviot Valley who have not been to the area since last Christmas will notice some changes. For a seemingly quiet backwater compared to the hotspots of Alexandra, Wanaka and Queenstown, a lot can happen when the community work together to make it happen.
Most noticeable is the new toilets which have replaced the well-past-their use-by dated predecessors. The self-cleaning, electronically controlled toilets which entertain users with the musical strains of Carl Doy have proved popular since their opening, and it is hoped all of the teething problems have been resolved.
Outside the toilets are colourful hanging baskets, another community group project, brightening the lives of both locals and visitors alike.
The Roxburgh Swimming Pool is a community project this year. A key system will operate for those who are around for longer, but will be open from 1-5 daily for casual visitors with just a donation to help cover costs.
Swimmers at the Millers Flat swimming pool need a key either long term, or daily from the Millers Flat Holiday Park. A newly installed boiler will help keep the temperature up to make for more pleasant swimming if the weather turns cool. Casual swims $3.
Whether it is just a quick coffee or a leisurely sit down meal, options are available along the length of the highway. Hokey-pokey ice-creams have become very popular at the Ettrick Store as people recognise the setting for the latest Toyota ad. Those who have a copy of The Great NZ Cafe´ by Matthew Hawke and Niki Grennell will want to call into The Packhouse to check out if they agree with what the couple had to say about the child friendly stopover.
Perhaps you want to stay overnight or longer, options range from camping grounds and backpackers to the four star quality at the Lake Roxburgh Lodge.
You then call in and see Veronika at the Roxburgh Information Centre and find there is always something happening in this ’backwater’. Stop many of the people on the street and you may find they are recent arrivals to the area who cannot stop raving about what they have found in discovering the secrets of the Teviot Valley.