Rainbow Station Road – Part 1 – St Arnaud to Island Saddle

The Rainbow Road was built in the 1950s when electricity pylons were installed to supply power to the Nelson and Buller regions.  The road runs from St Arnaud (the main gateway to the Upper Wairau Valley) through to Hanmer Springs in North Canterbury (134km north of Christchurch). Rainbow Station including the private formed roads and…

Acheron Road (Molesworth Station Road)

For a long time we wanted to travel from Blenhiem to Hanmer Spring via the Molesworth Station Road (and the Rainbow Station road – see post soon). We always seemed to be in that area at the wrong times,  the Kaikoura  earthquake, the road closed due to bad weather or we had the dogs with…

Catlins Lake – Catlins

You’ve probably guessed by now that the Catlins is one of our favourite places to visit. Turn off at Owaka on the Pounawea road and explore the Catlins Lake, Jack’s Bay and Catlins heads – you certainly won’t be disappointed.


On a beautiful autumn day,  after a walk around the Sutton Salt Lake track (see post),  we had lunch at Quench cafe in Middlemarch then headed to the Hindon Railway station.