The capture of Scotsman, James McKenzie in 1855, for being “in the company of a thousand stolen sheep” as he rustled them with his dog Friday, through a remote alpine pass into “a plain of immense extent” resulted in his deeds being immortalized and his name, albeit with a spelling change, applied to these highlands ever since. To my mind, this is the New Zealand twist on the Scottish “Grey Friar’s Bobby” :)
The famous sheep dog statue on the edge of Lake Tekapo is in memory of the hardy mustering dogs “without the help of which the grazing of this mountainous country would be impossible.” * Note: This statue is very close to the Heritage listed Church of the Good Shepherd.
The magnificent Mackenzie has a startlingly clear night sky and is about to become the worlds first “Night Sky National Park”.
Located 229km south of Christchurch, approx 3 hours drive.
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Here is my own version of the statue in it’s surrounds: