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Kiwi Rail freight train between Christchurch and Raikia New Zealand Highway 1, Christchurch to Raikia
For a while, south of Christchurch the broom lined Highway 1 is paralleled by Kiwi Rail.  The broom was introduced from Scotland and has spread to such an extent as to make vast areas of land impenetrable - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
New Zealand Highway 1, Christchurch to Raikia alt="Crossing
High hedges serve as windbreaks as we head for the Rakaia River - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Crossing the Raikia River Raikia Salmon
The Rakaia River is crossed by the longest, if less than spectacular, road and railway bridges in New Zealand.  After crossing the river Rakaia town's twelve metre salmon statue can be seen on the right hand side of the road - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Raikia, New Zealand
Rakaia's main street (left).  Hedges and flags at the Tin Shed farm shop and café - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
New Zealand cattle New Zealand sheep
Although New Zealand is most associated with sheep farming, apparently cattle farming is taking over - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Tin Shed Farm Shop, South Island typical high protective hedges, South Island, New Zealand
The Tin Shed farm shop (left);  on Highway 1 with high hedges much in evidence - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Oamaru remains of steam locomotive, Oamaru
Beyond Timaru is smaller Omaru with its many classic buildings and a few rusting railway relics - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Oamaru Oamaru
The original post office, like so many in the UK, has become a pub and the second grandiose post office that was built next door now serves as the council offices;  the colonate bank buildings are across Thames Street - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Oamaru Oamaru
The northern end of Thames Street still maintains a less formal colonial style of architecture - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Oamaru Oamaru
The Criterion Hotel on the corner of Tyne Street and Harbour Street was built in 1877 and although dry during prohibition in the early 1900s now has the atmosphere of a Victorian pub - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Oamaru Oamaru
Harbour Street (left) is lined with 19th Century warehouses;  Northumbria influenced other street names (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Oamaru Oamaru
Wool and Grain Warehouse on Harbour Street - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Oamaru Oamaru
Steep hills are a common feature of many towns in New Zealand - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Nine axled articulated truck and Morris Minor in Wansbeck Street - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand Moeraki Boulders
49 miles north of Dunedin on Highway 1, the Moeraki Boulders are almost perfectly spherical with circumferences of up to 4 metres (13 feet) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Moeraki Boulders Moeraki Boulders
They were formed about 60 million years ago on the seabed as lime salts gradually accumulated around a hard core - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

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