25. The Kyeburn Diggings, Danseys Pass and Top Dressing
We are still at the NZMCA park in Ranfurly. Lots of the other travellers (most I think) here have e-bikes, so we are still pretty intrigued by these.
I am doing all of our washing of clothes by hand at the moment, and hanging them outside on our transportable clothes line. It’s a bit of a pain-in-the-neck, and makes me appreciate washing machines but guess it’s no bad thing to be finding out about what I do and don’t appreciate about the travelling life!
We headed into Danseys Pass, going past the Kyeburn Diggings which lies next to the Kyeburn River, or just the Kye Burn as burn means fresh water anyway. The Kyeburn Diggings gained that name as there were so many miners digging there from the 1860’s onwards.
Like many of today’s routes/roads, Danseys Pass was was first used as a route through to mine pounamu by Maori, who showed it to early European settlers, who in turn developed it into a pack wagon route then a road when the gold miners started arriving in their droves in the 1860’s. This area had six unlicensed grog houses, or shanties, some of which received fines!