Waimate Workaway

We’ve been a bit quiet over the last few days as we have been busy working away at Jimmy and Mary’s place in Waimate (pronounced Why Mat-ee). The area between Christchurch and Waimate is quite flat and full of pasture and agriculture, so it reminded us a lot of Ireland.

The work so far has been general gardening (lots more weeding😊) and house painting.  The weather has been a bit cooler than we might expected, at around 16 – 18c with some cold and breezy days.  Not much need for shorts yet.

The town of Waimate is small and quiet with most shops closing at around 4pm.  It’s most famous claim to fame perhaps is that it had the first shopping arcade in New Zealand. Now a derelict building, you can see that it once would have been a grand affair.

We have been enjoying getting to know our fellow ‘Workaways’, enjoying time with our hosts and playing lots of card and board games.  There are quite a few musicians in the house, so we’ve been treated to a few impromptu Ceili’s. The house is situated at the foot of mountains with some sheep grazing opposite.  Very peaceful and pleasant.


Today we have a day off so we have taken in an inland tour of the lakes.  Here is Lake Tekapo.  The Collie is a monument to the dogs that helped the early settlers to graze sheep on this open and mountainous landscape.



This ended up being a great stopping stop for launch at The Tin Plate https://www.tekapotinplate.com/  which served Gluten free Vegan pizza.  Happy days!