Millers Flat

Millers Flat is a Central Otago township full of surprises and intriguing historical monuments.

It lies at the southern end of the Teviot Valley, 20 minutes south of Roxburgh.

A short detour across the brilliant Blue Bridge from SH8 instantly presents you with an old wooden building. This is the Millers Flat historic bake house. It sits alongside Faigans community owned grocery store, previously owned by four generations of the Faigan family, the original suppliers of salt and provisions to the first gold miners of the district.

Take a drive 8km on the gravel to Horseshoe Bend, which once supported 200 gold miners and shopkeepers. The Horseshoe Bend walkway is an easy walk to the only suspension bridge remaining of the many that once crossed the Clutha River. Before its completion, the only access was by small boat, punts and cable car.

Encounter the Lonely Graves further up the same road. Legend has it they belong to William Rigney and a young man whose body Rigney found washed up on the beach. Set high on the hill is the wooden headstone marked with the words: “Somebody’s Darling Lies Buried Here.” There is a claim that it was not Rigney who found the body. Whatever the truth, Rigney was later buried beside the wooden grave and the words inscribed on his stone read: “Here lies the body of William Rigney, the man who buried Somebody’s Darling.”

Take time out for a swim in the local solar powered pool or plan a visit to the popular Millers Flat rodeo, held on Boxing Day, it draws cowboys from all over Australasia.

Head north on the east side of the river to Teviot and the spectacular Millers Flat Anglican Church and old red Teviot railway goods shed.

Enjoy the charm of each special discovery at Millers Flat.

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