The Central App

My Town: Millers Flat

The Central App

30 December 2023, 10:44 PM

My Town: Millers FlatThe next installment of our My Town series takes our readers to St Bathans. PHOTO: Supplied

Welcome to the next installment of our "My Town" series.

This initiative is to find the charm and attractions of diverse small townships nestled in the heart of Central Otago. Our aim is to provide holiday-makers with an immersive experience that delves far beyond the well-known landmarks, such as Cromwell’s iconic big fruit sculpture and the majestic Clyde Dam. The series will unfold with weekly releases every Saturday and Wednesday until the 26 of January. Over this period, we will cover towns of Central Otago, exposing the region's hidden treasures from a locals perspective.

Episode 3. Millers Flat

Marion Mewburn welcomes readers to Millers Flat, population 90.

How did your story in Millers Flat begin?

“In April 1990 we drove past what would become our property while on an outing with some fellow apple pickers.

There were two old walnut trees and we climbed the fence to check if there were walnuts.

Half a year later we had bought it to build a house on, now they are our walnut trees. Great walnuts too.”

What do you think is one of the town’s best hidden treasures and why?

“About 9km from the village, on the track along the river, there is a walkway, about 10 minutes, to an old swing bridge.

It’s a lovely walk and the bridge is not only a piece of history which makes you imagine what life was like here 150 years ago, but it’s also beautiful and magical to be there and look down on the fast flowing river.”

Author Kyle Mewburn and the outlook at her and wife Marion Mewburn’s house. PHOTO: Supplied

Marion and Kyle on a walk. PHOTO: Supplied

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone planning a visit?

“My advice would be to book ahead. There is very little accommodation here. Great campground with cabins though.” 

The Mata-Au (Clutha) River. PHOTO: Shirley Howden

What’s something people planning a visit should bring with them?

“Bring your bikes or walking shoes. The track along the river in either direction from Millers Flat is stunning and not too hard to do. Also, bring snacks.

The café is presently closed and there is only the pub for food.

They have good food there, but it can be busy. The nearest shop is 17 km away in Roxburgh. And, even there the options for evening dining are limited.”

What’s one thing about Millers Flat that might surprise a visitor?

“The thing which seems to surprise people is that we have a heated pool of a reasonable size.

I don’t know why people find this surprising, but there you have it.”

Where in Central Otago do you like to escape to and why?

“I actually really like staying home, because we have everything my heart desires on the property.

A lovely creek to swim in, even the cycling track goes right through the middle of it. And, we always eat yummy homemade food. 

But, I do like to have little outings with friends once in a while to either Lawrence, Roxburgh or Clyde for coffee or lunch and maybe some shopping.”

An example of Marion’s ceramics. PHOTO: Central Otago Arts

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