Duntroon renaissance

Duntroon is a small township in the Waitaki Valley.

Like the rest of North Otago it was hard hit in the ag-sag of the 1980s. The school roll dropped, the shop and garage closed as farmers stopped spending and jobs on farms and in supporting businesses were lost.

But gradually Duntroon is returning to life. Irrigation has brought more people and prosperity to the valley. The developing wine industry has added to work opportunities and visitor attractions. The Flying Pig cafe opened, a group of volunteers resurrected the old forge then developed a base for the Vanished World Fossil trail.

More recently they spruced up the old gaol which has now been enhanced by the presence of a post policeman handcuffed to the culprit of a crime which is left to the viewer’s imagination.

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