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Muddy Creek Cutting

Muddy Creek Cutting is the home of my friends Kevin and Ross.  It is on the Central Otago Rail Trail about 1 km from Lauder and I heartily recommend it as a place to go and spend a quiet night or two soaking up the Central sun, biking on the rail trail or driving around the local sights at St Bathans, Oturehua, Ophir and the Maniototo.  Lauder is only about 25 minutes drive from Alexandra, which is my home town.

On the website for Muddy Creek you can find all the details about the fabulous homestay but what you won’t find is an indication of how peaceful, beautiful and calm this place is.  Among it’s charms are the food and the art.  The food is prepared by Kevin, and there is a photo of the menu board below, the meals are just fantastic.  Lots of flavour, hearty servings and with freshness being the big focus.  Kevin and Ross tend gardens all summer which produce almost all of the produce used in the food and also farm chickens, ducks and sheep.  Then there is the decor, Ross has beautified the old homestead so that it is lovely, colourful and full of interesting treasures.  His art decorates the rooms and it is all very homey.

If you are Central Otago bound then do stay at Muddy Creek Cutting.  You will get a comfortable bed, lovely service and one of the most picturesque places on the planet.  While you are there please go and have a sauna in their home sauna.  It is just so mind clearing and you will feel all sparkly clean afterwards.  They also have a brand new Facebook Page.

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Boy – NZ film at it’s most accessible

This is the must see movie of the year for all New Zealand.  Believe the hype, this is just so cool.  You will walk out of the theater with a smile on your face and you will be humming along to a lot of the songs you remember from the early 80’s – if you are old enough.  This is the story of a young boy called Boy, his brother Rocky and their Dad,  Alamein, who returns to their small town after an extended absence in prison.  Everyone has to get used to each other and learn about each other, Boy has built his Dad into a hero, but the reality is slightly different.  Boy has been  left in charge of Rocky and  assorted smaller cousins while their grandma is called away to a funeral.  When Dad turns up with his two mates everything changes.  It is a story of finding out who you are, the truth about things you thought you knew.  There are some great scenes in it but the overwhelming feel of the movie is that it could only have been made in New Zealand.  I loved every minute of it.  Taika Waititi has captured something essentially feel good, and yet at the same time  moving and sad about the relationships in the movie it is totally gorgeous! Do visit the website turn up the volume on your computer and smile.

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