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History enthusiasts have a final chance to
walk over the famous Percy Burn Viaduct
before it is closed to the public – and they
can do so walking with historian Warren
Bird on a special tour.
The Percy Burn Viaduct, which is 36m high
and 125m long, is the largest surviving
wooden viaduct in the world.
Hump Ridge Track general manager Trish
King said it was being closed to the public
because it was considered a potential
risk to public safety. A bypass around the
viaduct on the South Coast Track was
currently being developed, meaning by next
summer Hump Ridge Track walkers would
not be able traverse the viaduct when
approaching Port Craig.
Public support is growing to find a
fundraising solution that will allow the
viaduct to be strengthened to enable public
access again in the future.
“Civil engineer Warren Bird, author of
Viaducts Against the Sky – which tells the
history of the Port Craig viaducts – has
a wealth of knowledge and passion for
this area of the country, and its iconic
engineering heritage. We are very excited to
have him as a part of this event,” Ms King
Participants of the Viaduct Walk and Talk
will walk in along the South Coast Track
to Port Craig Village and enjoy two nights,
fully catered at Port Craig Lodge with Mr
Bird, guest speakers and other history
enthusiasts. On day two participants can
walk to the Percy Burn Viaduct as part of an
interpretive walk with Mr Bird, taking in the
historic tales along the way.
While spending time at Port Craig Lodge
participants will also have the opportunity
to take in the historic sites of Port Craig
Village with tours or on their own.
“Along with creating awareness on saving
the viaduct we also hope to raise some
money for the Viaducts Trust and so
$10 from each person will go directly
towards saving the Percy Burn Viaduct.”
The Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track is a
privately operated track run for and by the
community of Tuatapere.
The costs of the special walk is $295 per
person and bookings can be made at the
Hump Ridge Track office.
Further information is available at
Last Bird’s eye view of viaduct
Public safety concerns are prompting the closure of the Percy Burn Viaduct -- the world’s largest
surviving wooden viaduct -- meaning by next summer Hump Ridge Track walkers will not be able to
traverse it when approaching Port Craig.
The Marakura Yacht Club is running its
annual Southern Lakes Helicopters Easter
Regatta on Lake Te Anau this Easter,
starting on Good Friday (March 29). This is
the biggest event on the club’s calendar.
The regatta is open to all boats from
dinghies to trailer yachts. To be eligible to
compete in this event competitors must be
financial members of a club recognised by
their national authority.
The Marakura Yacht Club, founded in 1972
and located on the shores of lake Te Anau,
is a family based club with a strong youth
section. Lake Te Anau, the second largest
lake in New Zealand with a shoreline of over
500km, offers a huge area for overnight
cruising with plenty of safe anchorages.
Entry fees for the regatta are $15 for
Juniors racing in Optimists, P or Starling
classes and $30 for Seniors (all other
dinghys and trailer yachts). Registrations
will open from 11am on Friday with first
races starting at 1pm. Races will continue
on Saturday and Sunday.
For further information contact Daryl
Parkes phone 021-211 -4533 or email
biggest of the year
The Southland Festival of Arts hopes to
extend its reaches beyond the borders of
Invercargill City limits this year with a host
of acts playing throughout the Southland
Venture Southland creative arts manager
Angela Newell said the event, which runs
from April 25 to May 12, would showcase
everything from ballet to comedy and each
act could be considered “an event in itself”.
She said the aim of the festival this year
was to try and take it further afield and
“expand the reach in both audience and
location”, making it a regional event rather
than an Invercargill one.
With some acts playing as far south as
Stewart Island, the outlook is promising.
Prominent act “Haggis Sandwich” is one
such performance, with four shows lined
up to be held in Invercargill, Gore, Stewart
Island and Riverton. Ms Newell hoped a
wider range of performance venues would
be a drawcard. With more people able to
experience what the festival had to offer,
it could, in turn, encourage them to attend
New venues included the Riverton
Community Arts Centre and the Te Anau
Lakeview Chapel, which would host “Jazz in
the Chapel” on Mother’s Day, she said.
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