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BooksDecember 11, 2017

The Monday Excerpt: Lake Tekapo

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It’s got tussock, it’s got a lake, it’s got space and beauty and that: Lake Tekapo and its high country stations feature in an awesome new coffee table book. Feature image by Mary Hobbs.

Mary Hobbs had a best-seller a little while back with her coffee table book The High Country Stations of the Mackenzie. It focussed on the stations around Lake Pukaki. There were a lot of good yarns and the photography was awesome. She repeats the exercise with her new book on Lake Tekapo.

She records the history of eight stations from around Lake Tekapo – Godley Peaks, Lilybank, Mt Gerald, Richmond, Mt Hay, Tekapo, Balmoral and Glenmore. It gives a human dimension to the landscape with its extremes of cold and heat, devastating snowfalls and huge winds.

A selection of images follows.

Caption: Mt Hay and Mt Hay Station from the Lilybank Road. (Photo: MARY HOBBS)


Transporting construction materials during the building of the Roundhill ski field (Photo: SCOTT FAMILY COLLECTION)


Musterers, Don Waters (mounted) with son Donald. (Photo: BRIAN WATERS)


The Two Thumb and Richmond ranges, with the Roundhill ski area visible (Photo: MARY HOBBS)


Hugh Densem with sons Robert and Graham at the old Lilybank garage. Note terrifying fuck-off sign: TRESPASSERS WITH OR WITHOUT FIREARMS WILL BE PROSECUTED (Photo: E.H.DENSEM/ROBERT DENSEM COLLECTION)

High Country Stations of Lake Tekapo by Mary Hobbs (Potton & Burton, $59.95) is available at Unity Books.

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