Today (Thursday) we visited a friend who has just started work nearby, Cameron Dawson. The Dawsons have been friends of ours for some time and Sue has known Camerons Mother since school. So being so close it was silly not to stop in.
Cameron lives on the farm he works on with his partner Arnya. They moved in only a few days ago so it was very kind of them to spend time with us on their one day off when they were supposed to be unpacking. We went for a drive up a hill to a Telecom tower which overlooks a wind farm. It has almost a 360 degree view of the Lumsden area. Today we had the first sunshine we had seen in a week and the views were spectacular.
It was early afternoon when we left them to continue with chores and we set off around the long way to head for Waikia to visit the Beech forest bush past Piano Flat. This road does go all the way through to Roxburgh but is marked in the 4WD book as needing FIVE vehicles. So we did not go very far into it. It is such a pretty valley along side the Waikia river and looks like a perfect quad trip destination as well!.
We need to return to this location again someday when there is better light as it was getting dark by the time we arrived and hence we could not really appreciate the bush. The Waikia township is very cute and surprisingly big for such an out of the way place. Very reminiscent of Nasby.
We arrived back at the B&B as the sun was setting and saw the river looking like this: