Thursday, 30 April 2009

For Those That Are Interested (THE RUBBISH COMPACTOR)

A full load, about one third of the rubbish out of the park goes out in the compactor as general landfill waste, the other two thirds is recycle material with food waste going to the park's worm farm.
The bevelled plate at the front of the trailer is the operated by a battery powered hydraulic ram which forces (compacts) the rubbish towards the rear.
Trooper and trailer ready to go.

Rear view


A Special Request From Someone Close to Us (FLAX)

We have over a period of weeks had three large high sided tandem trailer loads of flax (that's a bloody lot of flax) brought in to be trimmed and dried in preparation for thatching the roof of one of the BBQ areas. As you will see from below it is all quite labour intensive. Fortunately the first two lots were done by casual staff but with the last load it was all hands on deck. The raw edge that must be trimmed to square. When harvesting it is easier to cut the flax off on the diagonal.

Trimmed to a square end.

Right hand man Laura (seconded from reception) helping with the stacking on one of the numerous drying racks we have situated around the park and adjoining properties. The flax will stay here and be turned periodically until about the end of the year when it should be ready for thatching.

The thatched flax is quite thick, about 200mm.

Close up of thatched roof.

Internal view, as you can see it is quite dry and waterproof.

The finished product, "B" block BBQ bure. The flax we are presently cutting and drying is for the "C" block BBQ

Thursday, 23 April 2009


We had an afternoon at the Arrowtown Autumn Festival which is on all this week. This is at the evenings country music concert which Raewyn went to with friends from work.

A shot from our cafe table.

The "Buckingham Belles" doing the Can Can at the free lunchtime concert.

"Mini Belles"

Band on old Austin truck

Work colleague Reg, president of the country music club.

Concert crowd

The highlight of our afternoon in Arrowtown was a one hour trip with "Nomad Safari's.

3 golf courses, Arrowtown foreground, Michael Hill centre and Millbrook centre right.

The Arrow River

One of the many times we either travelled across or along the Arrow River.

Pointing out another LOTR (the Ford of Bruinen) site.

A re enactment of Isildur's death on actual location in Gladden Fields.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009


We recently did a half day tour with Deer Park Safari's. The park of 800 hectares is home to 1500 red deer as well as numerous other exotic animals but as you can see above there is room for some kunekune pigs. The park is also used on a regular basis as a location for photo shoots ranging from advertising promos to full length feature films, the most famous being the "Lord of the Rings" series.
Thar, "Please feed me".

The zig zags at the beginning of the Remarkables Skifield road.

Kawarau Bridge across to Frankton with Coronet Peak beyond.

Frankton bounded by the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers.

Lake Wakatipu looking toward Glenorchy. Frankton Arm in the foreground, Queenstown on right.

Alpaca, Red mum, black dad and white offspring!

Some of the 1500 Red Deer on the property.

Big black Bison

If thar could purr, he would.

The Kawarau River and the Remarkables. The paddocks is where the Waipu fireman and his pilot were killed in the recent hang gliding accident.

The park is used as a location for many feature films, the best known being the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. The above is a prop from the 1980's Walt Disney film "The Rescue". The hill behind featured in the "Lord of the Rings".

We were suprised how big the llamas were. And they do spit!

Red Deer coming for food (pellets)

Up close and personal, Red Deer hind


Highland Cattle beast