by Tracy Watkins — 1.8.2021
Even on a fine clear day, the hills around Lake Pounui have a raw, brooding quality. Barren and sun-baked during Wairarapa’s hot, dry summers, they can then seem bleak and inhospitable at wintertime, swept by southerlies and lashing rain.
The nearest town, Featherston, is more than 30 kilometres away. Wellington is on the other side of the unforgiving Remutaka Ranges. On a very bad day, vicious winds have been known to push cars off the road; other times, the road has to be closed for constant repairs needed to fix the damage done by a steady stream of logging trucks.
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