26th of January, 2018
Magical Lupins in the Mackenzie Basin
By Libby Venning
English people are used to a scattering of lupins in their flower borders at home, so when you first happen to see the magical New Zealand Lupins in the Mackenzie basin it is quite astonishing.
The Russel Lupins were introduced in the 1950′s by Connie Scott of the nearby high country station of Godley Peaks when the seed was scattered along the exposed sides of the main highway. Connie wanted to make her world a prettier place! She certainly succeeded in doing this!
On speaking to the locals in Twizel though and in the whole region, they will reconfirm that the lupins are not indigenous and are considered as a weed. They grow in river beds and have an adverse effect on local wildlife.
That said, they are here to stay, so if you want to get that perfect picture with the vast fields of purple, pink and white lupins set against the snowy southern Alps and blue skies aim to be in the Mackenzie basin, South Island from November through to December.
It’s not just the sights, the smell is deliciously peppery as well, you simply have to visit the region to appreciate the beauty!
Things to do in The Mackenzie District:
- Aoraki Mt Cook national park
- Alpine lavender farm
- Twizel Hydro canals, salmon farms and cycling Cycle Journeys
- Tekapo star gazing Mt John Observatory
- Lord of the Rings country and tours
- Lake Ohau rural retreat and ski field