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Celebrate Otago!

March 25, 2013
Otago

Otago

Today is Otago anniversary day.  This area, in the South Island, has a rich history stemming mainly from the gold rush days of the 1860s.  We’ve got lots of interesting books about it.

Central Otago has a beautiful, powerful landscape of ancient mountains, weathered rock formations, alpine herb fields and fast rivers.In ancient times, Maori travelled through Central Otago on their way to the pounamu rivers of the west coast. Hunting parties also visited the region – they built rafts and used the Clutha River to transport moa and other game back to the east coast.

The only city, Dunedin, is influenced by Scottish heritage and boasts the only castle in New Zealand, Larnach Castle.

Larnach Castle

Larnach Castle

Other recent publications include “Gold dust and saddle bags : tales from the Cavalcade” by Sally Rae and Stephen Jaquiery, which is a celebration of the annual horse trek to the goldfields. You can get an authentic taste of the area with “The taste of Central Otago : more recipes from Arrowtown’s Saffron” by Pete Gawron. Or for a bit of alternative history, read about “The trooper’s tale : a history of the Otago Mounted Rifles” by Don Mackay.For older volumes see here, or if you’d rather find out more online, begin here then try here!

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