High country station 4WD trip on again
The chance to view the spectacular views high above Lake Hawea are on offer this weekend with a four-wheel-drive community fundraiser. Lake Hawea Community Centre committee member Adrienne Rowley said after the success of a 4x4 day out fundraiser last year it was decided to host the event again. Funds raised from the event would go towards the ongoing cost of the centre, which underwent a $1.5 million upgrade in 2012. The drive will involve a tour on Mount Grand Station and Lake Hawea Station and is open to all ages. ‘‘It’s a trip that is not always able to be done. It’s a unique chance not to be missed,’’ she said. Four generations of Cotters had the privilege of taking part in the previous fundraiser. Michele Cotter said ‘‘as we started to climb the first part of the journey we were taken with the patchwork of the Hawea flat paddocks, and as we climbed further still we were able to take in not only Lake Hawea but lakes Wanaka and Dunstan as well. ‘‘We climbed on to the tops and were blown away by not only how spectacular the view was, but also the harsh exposure of the land and plant life, to the elements. ‘‘We had such a great day. I would recommend this trip to anyone who holds Hawea dear,’’ she said. The trip would also include a garden tour at Lake Hawea Station. The garden was designed in the 1930s by renowned landscape gardener Alfred Buxton.
What: Lake Hawea 4x4 Day Out When: 10am, Sunday, January 19. Where: Meet at the Lake Hawea Community Centre Back country driving: Dick, Mike, Michele Cotter, Ada, 2, and Hazel Vile, Amie Cotter and Greg Vile stand in the foreground of the track used for the Hawea four-wheel-drive community fundraiser.