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Langfords Store – Bainham
Historic General Store and Post Office, located in the beautiful Aorere Valley, the Gateway to the Heaphy Track, South Island New Zealand.
From toffee to t-shirts Storekeeping was no new venture for Eleanor, wife of Edward Bates Langford, when Langford’s Store opened in 1928. Prior to their 1900 Boxing Day marriage she had worked in her parent’s ‘Waimea Road tuck shop’ for Nelson College.
When E.B.L. relinquished dairy farming to become Postmaster in 1924 and began selling stationery to go with the stamps, he invested in a printing press, while Eleanor sold her famous homemade toffee. After trying unsuccessfully to persuade the Government to finance a Post Office to replace the locally-owned building, he turned his attention to retailing.
Lorna Langford began working for her grandfather in 1947, in the days of tinned loose biscuits and vinegar in wooden casks. She continued to work in the store until 2008, when Sukhita Langford took on the position of Storekeeper and Postmistress. Today’s shopper is likely to be a Heaphy Track tramper wanting insect repellent or postcards for home.
Enjoy delicious tea and coffee served with sublime sweet treats whilst you write a postcard home and soak up the sunshine and surrounding scenery.
10am – 6pm Mon to Fri (during winter months)
8am – 6pm Mon to Sun (during summer months
This image was taken on film and reworked in PS.


  • midzing
    midzingabout 7 years ago

    love this,,, well done

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 7 years ago

    Perfect composition…

  • kristian94
    kristian94about 7 years ago


  • abefleur
    abefleurabout 7 years ago

    this is wonderful – love the treatment – love to go there:)

  • margotk
    margotkabout 7 years ago

    Fantastic image – the effects really suit the subject.

  • Wendy  Slee
    Wendy Sleeabout 7 years ago

    omg…don’t you just feel the memories pouring out of this image….

  • Lindsay Knowles
    Lindsay Knowlesabout 7 years ago

    Fantastic shot and I love the photoshop work.
    Maybe clone out the powerline to top off this awesome shot.

  • Catalin Soare
    Catalin Soareabout 7 years ago

    Very good pov, beautiful light and colors!

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 7 years ago

    Wonderful old building! I like the effects!

  • rock
    rockabout 7 years ago

    Such a great shot, excellent capture.

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