Monday, September 11, 2006

This Way

Some of the walkways and treks in New Zealand go through private properties, usually paddocks. If you must go over a fence, there are usually steps like these to assist you; hold on to the pole and swing your leg. Sometimes the fences are electric fences, so it's best not to touch them unless you're looking for some excitement.

This is on the way to Centre of New Zealand, right in town, looking towards Port Nelson.


  1. Why do they put electric shocks in that place? It has a beautiful view.

    Greetings from PerĂº

  2. This particular one is not electric wire.
    If you found this kind of step, it means you are about entering/existing a paddock where farmer keep their live stock.
    You are about entering the Cow’s/Bull’s Sheep’s territory.

    The electric fence keeps them inside and not for you, unless…

  3. What a nice thing to do.

    You are more likely to find "keep out" and "no trespassing" signs here instead of helpful steps.

  4. Excitement--haha, that's too funny! But yes, I see a very nice view when I click on the photo.

  5. It looks like this is pretty high over the city. A great view from there.

  6. This must be a bracing view with the water and the mountains in the distance - this looks like a heavenly place to live.

  7. Nice view from atop the hill. I also like yesterdays sculpture, I wonder if they represent anything in particular. Nice one.

  8. Thank you very much, everybody, for stopping by.

    Irredento, it's to keep the animals in, especially, I think, cows.

    Ben, I don't think they leave bulls in a paddock where the likes of you and I can wander in....

    Susan, I think it's an English tradition; there are walking rights, fishing rights, etc., reserved for the 'public' which landowners must observe and make available (and in some cases, maintain). It is nice, but there are some new landowners who close off access, too, causing problems.

    Cristina, it was a great day for hiking, but I was all out of breath, and there were 60ish and 70ish old folks and their dogs who looked like they do this every morning, saying 'hi' with a big grin, and just racing past me.

    Faye, this was about.... the halfway point... I'm getting out of breath just remembering it.

    Phlegmfatale, it is a heavenly place to be. I'll stop compalining. (BUT there is no live theatre, only a few bookshops and not enough galleries!!!)

    John, re. sculpture, I'll leave it to Ben to get back to y'all. I can't make sense of that one, so I'm sticking to the theme of 'mold/fungus'.

  9. That's very neighborly. Susan is right. In the U.S. people are very territorial about property rights. Some people even greet trespassers with shotguns. Friendly, ain't we? :o

  10. The first time I saw the sign, "Traspasser will be shot", Marie, I was shocked, even tough I had heard about it for years prior to it. So I never went anywhere hear that farm, lest I get mistaken for a wandering piggie or something.

  11. electric fences????wowsers! Sounds like a lovely hike, and a great bit of New Zealand to share with us! When we lived in Germany we would go on Volksmarches.. which were organized 10-20 K walks. We loved it. Some were over 900 years old.... but we never did stumble upon any electric fences! ;)

  12. Normally there is no electric (live) fence near the step like this one,, but yiu never know.
    If that is electric one, yiu see someting indicate that is live usually yellow plastic tag.

  13. Jenni, Ben just gave me a picture of the said yellow plastic tag, so here it is!


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