The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - SOUTH ISLAND -

They say one man’s trash is an­other man’s trea­sure or, in this case, a town’s old rub­bish heap is a com­mu­nity’s new project. It’s hard to believe but Kurow Is­land was in­deed the town dump but now, thanks to the Kurow

Town En­hance­ment Group, the is­land is thriv­ing both with new growth and vis­i­tors. With walk­ing tracks, pic­nic spots, sports fields and bike trails, it’s a per­fect place to spend a quiet cou­ple of hours en­joy­ing the twists of the braided river sur­round­ings. Note: take care when search­ing Kurow Is­land on the in­ter­net as that is also the name of an is­land in a pop­u­lar game called Minecraft – some­what con­fus­ing.

To get there, cross the first bridge lead­ing to the Hakataramea Val­ley and walk onto Kurow Is­land.

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