Archive for December 14th, 1980

Dec 14 1980

Jim Freeman: Douglas Seat

The heavy-duty seat at the look-out down the Jim Freeman’s track has been named the Douglas Seat (it was at a point where there were lots of Douglas first. – from the Friends of Ben Rudd’s Newsletter, No. 5 12/98/2000

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Dec 14 1980

Seacliff Dam Historical Track

Point of access; Double Hill Road – 500m on right beyond gate below Forest HQ. 45 minutes return. Moderate. The Seacliff Mental Hospital was competed in 1884 and at the time was the largest public building in New Zealand. Water for the complex was¬†originally supplied from a spring behind Warrington. However, as the hospital developed, […]

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Dec 14 1980

Mapoutahi Pa

Mapoutahi Pa occupies a small predipitous headland with a commanding view of the entraces to Blueskin Bay and Purakanui Inlet. Remains of the home terraces and defensive earthworks can still be seen. ¬† The date that the pa was built and the details of its earliest inhabitants have been lost from Maori myth. However its […]

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Dec 14 1980

Seacliff Hospital

Sir Truby King, a man of many parts, was for some 31 years superintendent of amental hospital at the village of Seacliff. The setting was superb, but the enterprise got off to the worst possible start. A magnificent-looking series of stone buildings was designed by R A Lawson, whose commission was at the time the […]

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