High coun­try sta­tion 4WD trip on again

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

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.

Photo: CHE BAKER 628829161

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.

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