Jill and her boyfriend and a house “cooling” in Matakanui

One of my old mates Bruce is shifting house out of a classic historic abode, and moving to town in Ranfurly. So it was a “house cooling” – maybe “warming” is coming.

Matakanui is off the beaten track a wee bit, and that’s the way I often prefer to go to and from the central part of Central Otago via…

Thomsons Gorge Road Central Otago
Thomsons Gorge Road Central Otago

Thomsons Gorge Road gives a chance for slower way of life… you see more…
Dragon Fly

Jill…
Cow Thomsons Gorge Road

Jill’s boy friend, with the gorge of Thomsons Gorge in the back ground…
Bullock - Thomsons Gorge Road

Bruce’s historic mud brick /sod house in Matakanui. 18 inch thick external walls, 12 inch internal. Maybe not the best construction for earthquakes, but superb for the extremes of summer and winter…
Matakanui

Resident goats – maybe this is the one called Donald…
Matakanui goat

Downtown Matakanui…
Downtown Matakanui Central Otago

Downtown Matakanui Central Otago

Downtown Matakanui Central Otago

Downtown Matakanui Central Otago

Downtown Matakanui Central Otago

Antlers Downtown Matakanui Central Otago

About Matakanui:

Matakanui, once a bustling mining town, offers a special glimpse into how life must have been during the rush for Central Otago gold.

Matakanui lies nestled under the foothills of the Dunstan Mountains, less than an hour’s drive from Alexandra towards Ranfurly. Drive 20 minutes northeast of Alexandra along SH85 to the township of Omakau. Turn onto Harvey Street in Omakau, and continue about 10km along Racecourse Road, turning left onto Glassford Road then onto Naylor Rd.

The name Matakanui refers to one of three high points along the Dunstan Range. It was originally known as Tinkers and there are different theories for this. It may have come from the miners’ camp resembling a tinkers’ camp with all its pots and pans tinsmiths were then called tinkers; or it may be based on a reply given by a miner when asked how/what he was doing – “tinkering around”…

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