Holidays already seem a distant memory. Before the hard-won sun tan completely fades, here are a few snaps from an enjoyable trip home. I took time to visit a few sites of significance on the way back from Christchurch in early January.
The Richard Pearse memorial near Pleasant Point isn’t elaborately signposted. It is located at the site of Pearse’s first flight. Certainly the first flight in New Zealand, and possibly the first in the world.
Bishop Selwyn and Edward Shortland met on Hook Beach near Waimate/Makikihi in 1844. Directions are required, but once located, it is easy to imagine an earlier era when as a cultural minority two early settlers met on the beach. As they each traversed the length of the South Island, the rare opportunity to share insights from a common cultural perspective must have been both rare and valuable.
Totara Estate is the birthplace of New Zealand’s billion dollar frozen meat industry. The first shipment left Port Otago in 1882 aboard the ship Dunedin. The museum carries a charge, but a lung-clearing march to the nearby hilltop memorial costs nothing.
The Waianakarua Chicken hedge reminds me of childhood holidays. I’m sure I wasn’t the only kid who considered this a noteworthy landmark along the road.
The best thing about these sights is that a simple visit is free. Great for a picnic or for entertaining younger family members on longer journeys.