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Guitar Doc

Wild New Zealand

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People often ask me what NZ is like. A picture tells a thousand words so I will start a photo journal of the places near where I live in NZ, the Westcoast of the South Island.

 

People might be surprised by our state highways and I will take photos of some of the masonic monuments in the local area.

We had a gold rush here in 1867. It brought a lot of the population to NZ and many old mining sites and even abandoned towns can still be found (what is left of them) I will endeavour to take pictures over the next few months.

 

Here is some pics from some 4x4ing I did yesterday. The location is Rapahanic valley. I will resize some more later and add as I go.

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Cool, that worked.

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These are old logging roads. By the looks they logged the place over 40 years ago but it could be less or more, I will ask around.

In NZ we are free to wander of into the bush as long as it isn't owned property, so anything that isn't owned is effectively public land with total access to NZers.

 

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OMG...What beautiful photos! Thank You for sharing them with us! You are blessed to be surrounded by such natural beauty.

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I have a cannon 300D, very old now, one of the first digital cameras under $1000

 

Some NZ native birds

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This is a wild Chamois which wandering into my back yard over winter. A young one.

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My neighbours deer. He has a deer farm. The Stags come close over winter to call to them during the Roar. On our farm the owner opens up the gate to the top paddocks over winter to let some wild deer in and later closes them as has venison at his leisure.

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My back yard

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We have calves in our back paddock presently. Herd replacements, takes two years to raise them before graduating to milkers. They start as Calves, then become yearlings and are classified as Heifers when 2 years old at which point they are AI'ed (artificially inseminated) to go on to become milking cows.

 

 

Front Yard

 

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Some more shots of out the front

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Up the road

 

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Believe it or not that piece of road is a State highway (we drive on the left in NZ). Outside of cities state highways are typically two lane. with only 4.4 million people in a nation roughly the same size as the UK or Japan we have to make do with very little money to make things happen.

These are real nice places to live in NZ, I can turn my Amplifiers up quite some way before the neighbour complain. The drawback is it is 30 minutes drive to a shop and 30 minutes to drive back. Makes you get very organized.

 

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Back in the 60s, I was going to get out of the Air Force, move to NZ, and 'raise horses'; My wife is a philipina, we have 4 kids, when I found out the NZ ers don't like Maories in their White towns, I decided against it.

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Back in the 60s, I was going to get out of the Air Force, move to NZ, and 'raise horses'; My wife is a philipina, we have 4 kids, when I found out the NZ ers don't like Maories in their White towns, I decided against it.

hmm can't say I have heard of that but I was born in 73. Which towns where the white towns?

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From my trip to Reefton yesterday.

 

Reefton was a centre location inland on South Island of NZ during the Gold Rush of the 1860's 70's. It had a mobile population between 25,000 to 40,000 people at the time.

It was the first place to have public electric street lighting in NZ and it is thought the Southern Hemisphere.

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View from behind the public toilets. (what the painting is on)

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In front looking up the road. The lamp is a recreation of the originals.

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Across the road here is the old bank which is for sale (the building not the bank)

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This is just out of Reefton, 5 minutes drive. Imagine living here.

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NZ has no arable land by world standards. That is what non arable land looks like and the South Island is technically classified as Rock. Don't believe the BS about all the arable land disappearing when this is what a paddock on non-arable land looks like.

 

Another angle

 

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