Author(s): Fiona Redfern
Remote Muzzle Station in southern Marlborough has captured the hearts and minds of generations, including Fiona Redfern and her parents before her. Fiona grew up and thrived in the splendid isolation, and wouldn't have it any other way. Now Fiona and her husband Guy are running the station and raising their two small children in this wonderful but challenging environment. As the crow flies, Muzzle Station is not too far from Kaikoura. But it's not easy to get there. First, the truck - and it has to be a truck - must make it across the Clarence River. If the river is swollen or in flood, there will be no journey. Once safely across, there are more than 25 smaller river crossings and a 1370-metre-high mountain range to get across. If all goes well it takes three hours to make the drive, but it is often blocked with rockfalls and slips, not to mention snow, or rain that turns the track's clay surface to mud, rendering it completely undriveable. There is another option. On a good day, it's just a 15-minute flight by Cessna 180 four-seater aircraft to Kaikoura. But good days are not always easy to come by in this part of the country, especially when they are needed! This is the story of family life on New Zealand's remotest station, and what it's like to live and work in what is literally the back of beyond.
Fiona Redfern grew up on Muzzle Station, a remote farm in Southern Marlborough, most easily reached by small plane. Now she and her husband are running the station and raising two small children there, still far from everyday conveniences most of us take for granted. Derek Morrison was born into a farming family near Putaruru. While studying veterinary science at Massey University he discovered his two passions- photography and surfing. After a stint working in Sydney, in 2008 he moved to Dunedin to raise his young family and to start his company Adventure Media Group Ltd. He visited Muzzle Station more times than he strictly needed to, to capture its essence through his camera lens.