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Mount Somers Bluff Weta

Mount Somers Bluff Weta

Despite our affinity with the weta, few Cantabrians are probably aware that the precipices above Mt Somers are home to the rare dinosaur-like Mt Somers bluff weta, one of only eleven recognised giant weta species in New Zealand, and one of the few left on the mainland.

Harts Creek Walkway – Big Sky Country

Harts Creek Walkway – Big Sky Country

When I met June and Stuart McLachlan in October last year to learn more about the daffodils on their Leeston farm, The Rowans, Stuart also mentioned Harts Creek, one of the main tributaries into Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere. This waterway rises from springs on the family farm and flows southeast for approximately eight kilometres into the lake. It has its own tributary, Birdling’s Brook, also rising from springs but further to the east.