14th – 18th August.
Glenmac farm near Otekaieke was our home for three nights. The hosts Keith and Kay were great hosts and couldn’t be more accommodating. On power with the use of the amenities of the shearers quarters couldn’t have been better. Mac and Rose didn’t go on leashes for the entire stay and went on some great treks up the valley.
The farm was 1500 hectors and had 30 hectors of flat at the front of the property and the remaining property was steep and unforgiving. Not sure of the stocking rate but would be surprised if it was greater than 1-2 units per hector. They have had only 40mm of rain during the last two months.
We maximised out time here as we spring cleaned the inside of Dogonit and had time to relax with the dogs. Mac and Rose have become connoisseurs of animal excrement ranging from rabbit to horse with sheep and cow being intermediaries. The full range was on offer and we believe that this must supplement their raw meat diet by providing the probiotics required.
(Todays Bitch) I am amazed at how the camp grounds can charge in the order of $40+++ a night and you are parked 200 meters from the toilet and then charged $3 for a timed 5 minute shower and in the order of $10 per load of Laundry (dried). During our travels we have stayed in some awesome places but have become very wary of the gouging that the commercial camp grounds. They seem to think they can rip off the public and then whinge about lack of trade. They need to be offering services incorporated in their charge such as showers, laundry, refuse and good LEVEL parking sites. When you can stay at places like Glenmac for as little $10 per night with the same amenities go figure.
We reluctantly moved on and passed through Kurow the infamous town where one of NZ favourite greats was raised. The Waitaki, Aviemore and lake Benmore made great scenery on our travel inland. The Waitaki council close the camp grounds during the winter months around the lakes which is unfortunate so we pushed on to Omarama and then on to Twizel to do laundry.
We parked up again at Ohau B NZMCA park last night and will stay here for the next couple of days trying to catch us a salmon.
Go the Black Ferns and the All Blacks!!!!!!