Pukekura in Maori translates to Blue hill, we have heard other versions
but we like this one best. MT Bonar behind Pukekura Township in certain
lights gives off that blue appearance.
Pukekura Township was built
in a clearing cut out of tall native Rimu forest. It began as a hotel
on the stage coach trail south. A saw mill was built in the early
1950’s and the mainstay of the region was timber. The mill closed in
the mid eighty’s and tourism became the latest industry with the
establishment of the Bushman’s Centre in 1993.
The purchase of the pub, houses, accommodation, helipad and helicopter
hanger followed years later giving us the distinction of owning the
town. The land around the town is native forest and classed as scenic
reserve giving the town its compact and scenic charm. Views of the snow
capped peaks of the Southern Alps can be seen to the south east of