St Bathans, The Vulcan Hotel and Sheep…


About to head back to Melbourne after three weeks in New Zealand. We have had some great weather and great experiences. Stayed a night at the isolated Vulcan Hotel in the old gold mining town of St Bathans. Got to see an iconic Craig Potton postcard reenacted when we watched the sheep being mustered past the pub in the morning.

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Driving to St Bathans in the fading light, Central Otago


Early morning sheep mustering

sheep vulcan hotel approach

The sheep are guided up past the vulcan hotel

sheep and huntaway

A huntaway keeps the sheep going in the right direction

sheep in front of the vulcan hotel, st bathans

The sheep stream past

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The sheep carry on up the hill through the small settlement of St Bathans

huntaway dog in front of vulcan hotel, st bathans, new zealand

The huntaway is a kiwi dog, specifically bred to herd sheep. Lovely animals.


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