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>Upper Moutere – #901


Upper Moutere is cool.
It’s so country that you’d almost expect a horse-hitching rail outside the village store, but a heavy duty 4wd gives you an idea.

The town started out as Sarau, one of 2 villages founded by German settlers in the 19th century. (The only German settlement in New Zealand, in fact, and it’s utterly incongruous to look at the war memorials of both world wars in the grounds of the Lutheran church and read the German names who died fighting for their country against their ancestors)

But it’s definitely not Hicksville.

Oldest pub in New Zealand

Down the road in Neudorf (the other original village) is  Neudorf Vineyards, one of the best in the country and producer of a chardonnay that’s ranked among the top in world, and the Neudorf Cheese Company.

The general store has a stunning range of local wines, olive oil and honey and a real fruit ice cream machine (local invention) that turns ice cream and frozen berries into instant heaven.

Next door, there’s a good fish and chip shop, down the road there’s Moutere Gold (in what used to be the Post Office) with preserves, more oil, kitchen stuff, free range eggs and lots of unnecessary frilly things.

And Sue.

Sue knows everyone and everything, so when we called in on Katie and Owen, “clay artist” and “potter” respectively) the following day, he said “Oh, I heard you were back in town”

“Who was the little birdie, then?” I asked.

“Do you have to ask? Sue, of course” he said

Village life

This entry was published on 2 March, 2010 at 20:05. It’s filed under not the nelson daily photo and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “>Upper Moutere – #901

  1. >I have been told that people at Upper Moutere are very congenial and friendly even with strangers. It seems to be a very nice place to live

  2. >It sounds like a little bit of heaven. What is the background story of your connection to it? Would love to hear the tale. Story telling is one of my favorite activities and you did a great job on this post!

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