Heart of the MacKenzie: The Glenmore Station Story

Heart of the MacKenzie: The Glenmore Station Story

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Title: Heart of the MacKenzie: The Glenmore Station Story
Author(s): PHILP, Matt
Category: New Zealand
New / Used: New
Book Type: Large softcover
Published: 2014
Published By: Random House
Pages: 299
Size (mm): 190 w x 250 h x 20 d


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The gripping story of an iconic New Zealand high country sheep station in the heart of the South Island's MacKenzie Country.

There are two ways into the MacKenzie Country: via Fairlie and Burke's Pass or over the Lindis. Whichever way you drive, when you enter the MacKenzie you know you are somewhere very different and very special. It's a huge basin surrounded by sere hills, it's dry as a bone, and it feels somehow ancient. The sky is a wide blue dome. In spring lupins blaze in the roadside ditches. In winter those hills are dusted with snow. It feels as timeless and untouched as the Maniototo, and as empty.

This is where James McKenzie filched his sheep from the squattocrats, stealing through the night with his clever dog. This is where the night sky is so dark that it's now protected under world heritage status. This is where battles have been fought over irrigation and water rights. This is where, on Glenmore Station, which runs up one side of Lake Tekapo all the way to the boundary with Mount Cook National Park, the Murrays have farmed for 100 years and four generations. Third-generation Glenmore runholders Jim and Anne Murray have recently retired from the station, and their son Will and his wife Emily now run the property. Jim's father was instrumental in building the Church of the Good Shepherd beside the lake at Tekapo. Jim inherited the station in the 1960s when he was 21 and his father died of sudden heart attack.

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