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Clarence Reserve/Muzzle Station (photo heavy)
May 21st, 2011 at 10:00pm
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Out today for a vehicle recovery/sight seeing trip to Muzzle Station.

Took a few pics. I know the likes of Bon etc maybe keen on seeing some of the "old" country yet again.

Clarence River by Muzzle Homestead

Clarence River

Roaring Meg crossing Clarence (in front of the truck! incase of "issues")

Near Quail Flat

Our load of valuables!!

Looking down onto Quail Flat

Looking seawards down Clarence River

Quail Flat

Pretty sure this may have been Bons old residence?

Inside Quail Flat rabbiters hut

Inside Quail Flat rabbiters hut # 2

Quail Flat Cobb Cottage (1860? ish) with Bread oven just in front (built 1920)

A long way out!!

DoC's new $75,000 Wardens Hut

Old Hut beside Wardens Hut

Awesome rock formations - pics dont do it justice

Awesome rock formations - pic dont do justice

Nearer the pass

Nearer the pass

Looking down creek towards Clarence from the Pass

Looking down towards Clarence

Blind Saddle
  

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Re: Clarence Reserve/Muzzle Station (photo heavy)
Reply #1 - May 21st, 2011 at 11:27pm
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f**king Wow... Rabbithunter - Wicked set of photos

Reasonably sure my Uncle would have helped rebuild that cottage...

It's gotta be rough if the tractors got chains!
  

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Reply #2 - May 21st, 2011 at 11:31pm
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Would have been a nice trip even without a rifle  Smiley
  

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Reply #3 - May 21st, 2011 at 11:46pm
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Kickstart wrote on May 21st, 2011 at 11:27pm:
It's gotta be rough if the tractors got chains!


They maintain the DoC track in winter, so chains essential. Once chains on they stay on!!!

We only seen 2 small goats alive and 100 odd geese on Clarence by Quail Flat. (and one PET goose at Muzzle Homestead) and one wingless goose.. Being un-armed couldn't put out of missery
  

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Reply #4 - May 22nd, 2011 at 3:04am
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Cheers Rabbithunter. Some great photos there. In a life time of hunting and fishing you wouldn't see half of what NZ's got on offer.  Smiley
  

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Reply #5 - May 22nd, 2011 at 7:45am
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Cool amazing looking country, hard and barren.
why on earth does doc need a $75,000 hut right next to a perfectly good hut??? Huh
  
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Reply #6 - May 22nd, 2011 at 8:05am
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Great photos rabbithunter.Thanks for post.
  
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Reply #7 - May 22nd, 2011 at 8:12am
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Thanks for that Is that honey you are bringing out.
  

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Reply #8 - May 22nd, 2011 at 9:14am
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For those that dont know, the Muzzle is one of the most remote stations in NZ..

There was a good part of the tv series rivers about it..
  

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Reply #9 - May 22nd, 2011 at 9:29am
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Kickstart wrote on May 22nd, 2011 at 9:14am:
For those that dont know, the Muzzle is one of the most remote stations in NZ..

There was a good part of the tv series rivers about it..

bloody good doco series those!
  
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Reply #10 - May 22nd, 2011 at 11:40am
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Thanks RH. The hut you suggested I might have used wasn't there in my day,nor were there any roads at all. Just the packtrack over the Kaikouras. And I see new iron buildings at Quail Flat,and pine trees [there were none of those]  The old hut is called Bluff Dump, Nicely painted nowadays. Muzzle Station used to shift their wool in eighty pound bales from the Muzzle by wagon pulled by mules. The route was up the Clarence to Quail Flat , then up the Herron[ now called the Seymour] as far as Bluff Dump. The mules were unharnessed here and had pack saddles put on them.
They were then loaded with two eighty pound bales and driven out over the packtrack to the Kaikoura side. Clarence Reserve station packed their wool out the same way using horse packteams. One day a mule team met a horse team on the track,the mules took the inside running and pushed the horse team over the side. It's still called dead horse gully. Pack team took around seven and a half hours from the homestead out to Quail Flat. I often packed for the station when culling out there as it wasn't always easy to find people who could pack. Of all the places I hunted professionally the Clarence holds fond memories. The weather was so good , it was, back then,  very remote, AND,no trampers,no recreational hunters. All that country to yourself and a mate for the eight month season. Huge block,from the Hossack to the Haycock [Jam] and all the Lake McCrae ,Guide,Dillon country on the Molesworth. I've got photos of the Mule teams and of the huts and camps.Mostly black and white. Enough dribble Smiley
  
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Reply #11 - May 22nd, 2011 at 11:42am
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There was a hut in Blind Saddle but it burnt down, 1959 I think.
The bakers oven at Quail Flat held forty loaves. And DoC have done a wonderful job of restoring Quail Flat,it's a credit to them.
  
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Reply #12 - May 22nd, 2011 at 12:10pm
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I can only imagine living in such a great error would have been hard but amazing
  

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Reply #13 - May 22nd, 2011 at 12:17pm
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Brilliant...thank you Smiley
  
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Reply #14 - May 22nd, 2011 at 1:09pm
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Great pics and nice to here some history Bon  Cool
  

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