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Southern Scenic Road Trip: Wildlife Safari Road Trip, The Catlins

Lenz Historic reserve and trails tractor

Lenz Reserve information plaque Lenz Reserve information plaque

A five minute flat walk to the Fleming River takes you to a former mill settlement to view the logging tractor that was modified to haul logs along the wooden rail tracks. The protective shed over the heritage Trails Tractor has period photographs of exhausted looking people’s images captured for prosperity. The site had a school, homes and businesses now reclaimed by the regenerating bush.

“Trails rail tractor, 1936-1952. A restored rail tractor is displayed at the site of Cook & Sons sawmill. The tram route can be explored but requires tramping skills. Interesting information panels give a very worthwhile insight into sawmilling and its dangers. The historic tractor on display, designed by Riverton sawmiller Frank Trails, transformed logging in New Zealand.

Papatowai Store The Catlins New Zealand

Papatowai Store The Catlins New Zealand.  The store that has everything but the actual thing you forgot to pack.  A warm welcome complete with standard motel units that are sparkling clean. Papatowai is surrounded by native podocarp forest and there are waterfalls,and sandy beaches in addition to bushwalks. Papatowai is home to the quirky Lost Gypsy Gallery. The Lost Gypsy Gallery, a long green bus is a whimsical place, Blair owner and creator describes himself as ‘an organic mechanic’

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