Author(s): Yvonne Martin
'Erewhon is a place with a strong respect for the past, its forebears and the way they eked an honest living from the land, working with the weather and rivers. 'With no beginning and no end, the cycle of life in the high country continues as it always has. These soaring mountains and cavernous valleys look the same as when Butler and others explored on horseback 150 years ago - only the seasons change.' The legendary Erewhon Station is a 13,500-hectare property at the headwaters of the Rangitata River, Canterbury. Nestled within the majestic Southern Alps, and neighbouring the equally historic Mesopotamia and Mount Potts stations, this fabled New Zealand high country served as the backdrop for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Erewhon is New Zealand's true home of the working horse, and a station that brings its past into the present - most 'tractor work' is done with a team of Clydesdales and all stock work, including the traditional autumn muster, is carried out on horseback or on foot. Seasons of Erewhon at once captures the spirit of history as well as the distinctive story of enterprise and isolation through the current lease holders: the laconic Colin Drummond and his effervescent partner Erin Cassie. Writer Yvonne Martin and photographer David Hallett follow the couple and their crew as they work this harsh land throughout the seasons, capturing the station's wild, dramatic and ever-changing natural environment.
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