Spring is here so get out and ex­plore

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

Firstly, one lit­tle cor­rec­tion to last week’s col­umn – the Otago Gold­fields Her­itage Trust An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing in Ran­furly has been put back to the week­end 4th and 5th Oc­to­ber.

Now we’re into spring and the ski sea­son is just about over it’s time to con­sider other week­end ad­ven­ture op­tions. So here are three lit­tle-known sites of wor­thy note.

The In­vin­ci­ble mine: a 30-minute drive up Rees Val­ley Road from Glenorchy. It’s a bit of an up­hill walk, but the won­der­ful views of the Rees Val­ley and Mt Earnslaw make it all worth­while.

At Fruit­lands, 13 kilo­me­tres south of Alexan­dra, this is one of the best-kept stone build­ings from the 1880s. It took about 20 years to build but even­tu­ally housed a fam­ily of 12!

There is good in­for­ma­tive sig­nage thanks to DOC and a nice lawn on which to pic­nic. If you have a 4WD you should go for a care­ful drive up the track di­rectly be­hind the cot­tage up onto the Old Man range – take the moun­tain­bikes.

Reko’s Point Con­ser­va­tion Area: on the Up­per Clutha river track, near Wanaka. For a short walk start near Lug­gate. For a longer walk or bike ride start at Al­bert Town and head down the track. The whole track is awe­some. ◗ Terry Davis is sec­re­tary of the Otago Gold­fields Her­itage Trust

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