Spring is here so get out and explore
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