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Day 5

Danseys Pass - Dunedin Macraes, Middlemarch, Larnach Castle

Middlemarch Middlemarch
@larnachcastle @larnachcastle

Highlights of the day

  • Macraes, Otago’s gold mining history
  • Middlemarch, Central Otago backcountry
  • Larnach Castle, one and only mock castle in NZ

The bizarre, the sad and the glorious. Macraes gold mining history is about struggle and the likelihood of failure. Most miners do not find their pot of gold. We discover their stories at Golden Point Reserve. A lunar landscape is the legacy of dredging on an industrial scale.  Middlemarch is replete with stories of everyday settlers, the rocky tors and confluence of two rivers reflects the history of its farming and domestic life. Our final visit is Larnach Castle. Larnach Castle is a testament to lives marred by scandal with a glorious garden and stately castle, a record of the life of a nineteenth century politician.

Then its a fond farewell and we look forward to our next unique journey together.

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