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Canterbury inland scenic route: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo


Windwhistle @Wildman NZ Windwhistle @Wildman NZ

The next small settlement name says it all. Windy nor’western winds regularly sweep over the alps. The original Windwhistle settlement was located further up the Coleridge Road on the farm now known as Long Spur. At Windwhistle House, alongside a small lake known as The Whistle, locals could collect their mail or have repairs done at the blacksmith’s shop. The accommodation house, originally run by Williams Adams, and the smithy were burned down in the late 1890s. The accommodation house never reopened but the blacksmith’s shop transferred to the site of the current Windwhistle Garage at what is now known as Windwhistle.

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