THE MID­DLE OF Nowhere

MARY LAMBIE AND HER FAM­ILY TAKE TO THE HIGH COUN­TRY

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - WEEKLY TRAVEL -

wind­surf­ing, row­ing and fish­ing. Clear­wa­ter is also a wildlife sanc­tu­ary for the en­dan­gered great crested grebe, a bird no­table for its mat­ing dances.

There’s a ter­rific walk around the lake – it’s about 10km, flat and very doable for the whole fam­ily. It took us just shy of three hours. There’s also Lambie Cot­tage, which is just by the Lake Heron turn-off, a lov­ingly re­stored homestead from the last cen­tury. It’s free to visit and a re­minder of how hard the first Euro­pean set­tlers lived and worked.

Mt Somers is a lit­tle town, 90 min­utes from Christchurch. There’s an his­toric lo­cal store, a great recre­ation area that won a TrustPower Com­mu­nity Award and a gor­geous lit­tle li­brary, which is free to use.

Mt Somers it­self can be tack­led in var­i­ous ways – there’s the Mis­sion Mt Somers race in late Oc­to­ber, the Mt Somers sub-alpine Walk­way or the more de­mand­ing two-day Mt Somers Track (26km full cir­cuit). You can also walk to the sum­mit (1687m). The track is five kilometres each way. There’s plenty to do, so be sure to pack your walk­ing shoes!

Victorious! Mary on the sum­mit of Mt Sun­day. Left: El­iz­a­beth at the en­trance of Erewhon Sta­tion.

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