A detailed history of the Hakatere buildings can be downloaded in PDF format HERE
The Hakatere Station and buildings are situated 23km west of Mt Somers township at the junction of Ashburton Gorge road and Lakes Clearwater and Heron roads in the Ashburton Basin. The Hakatere Station formed part of a $7m purchase by the Nature Heritage Fund in June 2008, the historic station buildings were specifically included in the purchase for their historic significance and location at the entry point to the basin.
The Hakatere Heritage Buildings Committee is a group of volunteers from the Mt Somers/Ashburton region was formed in 2010 with the vision to "preserve and exhibit the history and flavour of the Canterbury High country through the restoration of the buildings and surrounds of the Hakatere Buildings, and in doing so provide a quality visitor entry point to the Hakatere Basin and recreational and educational opportunities of the Hakatere Conservation Park"
The buildings include an original stone cottage dating from 1862, believed to be one of the best examples of its kind, along with early wooden shearers quarters and cookshop.
One of the primary goals of the group is to fundraise for the restoration of the Hakatere Stone Cottage, and surrounding buildings and outfit for use as an educational facility that will eventually be self sustaining.
Make a note in your diaries for Saturday 3rd November 2012 for our next big event
“The Ashburton Gorge Muster 150 Year Celebration”
A three tiered set of activities starting with a day of events at the Hakatere Corner.
From 9.30am until 4.00pm at Hakatere Corner
Tour registrations start at 8.30am on the day for a series of short guided walks:
“Walk on the Wild Side” a guided walk departing at 10am to the Spider Lakes area Approx 2hrs
4WD DoC guided tour with demonstrations to Lake Emma departing 10am. Approx 2hrs. Self Drive or book a free seat with Hassle Free Tours. Seats are limited Ring 03 693 1010 to reserve.
4WD Guided Farm Tour Self Drive from Barrosa Station to Castleridge Station. Approx 2hrs. Donations appreciated.
Erewhon Clydesdale wagon rides departing Hakatere Corner 11am, 1.30pm and 3pm.
Experience Edorus on a Lord of the Rings tour to Mt Sunday. Departs 1.30pm Special price $35p.p. Book seats with Hassle Free Tours on 03 385 5775.
Official Welcome and Opening of the Hakatere Conservation Park Information Room at 1.00pm
All day sausage BBQ plus tea & coffee available.
Blade Shearing, Demonstration dog trial, Slide & historic film show and photographic display.
Bring the family. Musical entertainment, poets, wandering minstrels and lots more.
5.30 until 7.30pm
A prepaid dinner $20p.p. will be available. Limited number of tickets from email@example.com (pre-booking is essential) Cash bar available.
8.00 until 12midnight
Celebration Musterers Dance at Mt Somers Memorial Hall & cash licenced bar available. Restricted to 18 years of age.
Tickets are $20p.p.sales are limited and available from firstname.lastname@example.org pre-booking is essential. Ticket includes supper. All tickets sales close 1st November 2012.
Entertainment provided by local musicians headed by “Murray Harrison” a great night’s entertainment is guaranteed.
Back Country Bike Bonanza
Scheduled for Sunday 31st March 2013
(Date to be confirmed)
This one day non competitive event has proven very popular for families and individual riders over the past two years, so this next event will be expanded to include a circuit ride starting and finishing at Castleridge Station and one or two additional loop tracks to extend the original route used over the past two years. This change will make for a longer day for the more energetic participants to enjoy. Finish the day with a sausage BBQ and a cold drink before heading home.
Latest News Update
DoC Geraldine has announced that they have secured sufficient funding to enable them to allocate a portion of this funding toward the continuation of the O Tu Wharakai wetland program for a further 5 years. This is a very welcome announcement which enhances the overall Hakatere Conservation Park concept and enables the public to access the many features of this scenic area.
The landscaping work along with some of the more urgent building maintenance has been completed. Our next task is to rabbit proof the Shearers Quarters and keep the possums out of the roof space.
The public toilet has been installed and fencing is in place to maintain a neat appearance around the heritage buildings.
We have received an estimate of around $10,000 for an engineer’s report on the heritage stone cottage and we are now zeroing in on an engineer to undertake this work now that the pressure on engineers working on the Christchurch earthquake rebuild has relented just a little.
A very successful “Duck Pluckers Ball” fundraiser was held to celebrate the opening of the 2012 duck shooting season. The venue was the Mt Somers Station woolshed which was turn into a very nicely themed black & white ballroom complete with a mirror ball.
The people attending this event enjoyed themselves, the music provided by “Puree” of Christchurch so much they have asked that it become an annual event and our fundraising committee is working towards this happening
The fundraising committee staged a showing of the film “The Way” at the Regent theatre Ashburton starring Martin Sheen and James Nesbitt. A very enjoyable movie telling the powerful story of Tom played by Sheen an American doctor who comes to France to collect the remains of his son Daniel killed while walking The Camino de Santiago (aka The Way Of St James) Driven by his grief and desire to understand his son better, Tom embarks on the historical pilgrimage, leaving his California bubble life behind. THE WAY IS A HEARTWARMING JOURNEY EVERYONE SHOULD TAKE
Go see it if you get the chance.
Landscaping work is underway on the site, with the completion of the public toilet facilities near. Unfortunately events in Christchurch have slowed progress with getting an engineers report on the buildings but this is still top priority.
Barrossa Backcountry Bike Bonanza was a fantastic success with over 200 riders enjoying a stunning day in the hills. We look forward to hosting this event again on the 18th March 2012
Planning well underway for the Barrosa Back Country MTB ride with several members of the group having a fantastic day biking the route.
We received our first estimate for getting an engineering report for the stone cottage - $10,000 is the ballpark figure which gives us our initial fundraising goal.
17/12/2010 'Whats in the Bag'
A fundraising event held at the Mt Somers Hall raised over $4000 for the cause and a great night had by all 170 people in attendance, with some fantastic prizes won. A huge thanks to the following sponsors:
- Rangitata Air (Arch King)
- Blue Earth Soaps
- Sugar Loaf Wines
- Mt Somers Tavern
- Donald and Lee Whyte
- Sarah Gallagher
- Laurie Prouting
- Philip Wareing