Plenty to en­ter­tain in Roxburgh

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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.

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