Between 1860 and 1864 the English writer Samuel Butler owned Mesopotamia station at the headwaters of the Rangitātā River. His experiences provided the setting for the opening chapters of his famous novel Erewhon (which almost spells ‘nowhere’ backwards). The beginning of the story captures the isolation of high-country farming life, and the resilience it requires.
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