The petrol station at Hampden, north of Moeraki on State Highway 1, has closed.
There are fuel stops at Herbert and Maheno about 10 and 14 kilometres further north so it’s not too much further for travellers, but how long will petrol stations stay in very small towns?
When I stopped for fuel at a small town petrol station yesterday the owner told me that if he hadn’t recently put in new tanks he’d have been tempted to stop selling petrol and diesel and stick to servicing vehicles because the margins on fuel were hardly worth the trouble.
I’m training myself to check the fuel gauge before leaving bigger towns on long journeys because it can be a long way to the next petrol station, especially outside business hours.
However, the training isn’t complete and I’ve been fortunate to find bowsers which enable you to pay by credit or Eftpos card which have saved me from running out of fuel late at night a couple of times.
Travellers not used to long distances between fuel stops could easily get caught short.
It’s also a problem is for people living in or near the small towns which no longer have fuel outlets. Some, particularly the elderly, do most of their driving within a relatively confined area of where they live and they’re forced to do a longer trip simply to refuel.
The link between ice cream and gumboots might not be immediately obvious, but Jamie McKay is making one on The Farming Show .
He’s asking all his guests where the best ice creams are sold and also inviting listeners to email him with their views.
So far Rush Munro’s in Hastings and the Hilltop Shop in Hampden (north of Moeraki and south of Waianakarua on State Highway 1 in North Otago) are leading.
I can recomend the ones at the Hilltop in Hampden, even if you ask for a wee one they give you a big one – and they’re always served with a smile.
If you want your vote to count – and be in for the draw to win a pair of Skellerup gumboots – email Jamie on firstname.lastname@example.org
Adolf from No Minister left this comment on the post before this one:
There’s an ice cream joint in the village of Pokeno, just south of auckland, which serves the biggesterest ice creams in the world.
Wars have started with less provocative statements than that so I felt the defence of southern ice creameries warranted a post of its own.
The biggest ice creams in New Zealand used to be served by the Itchen Street dairy in Oamaru but they have now been overtaken by those served by the lovely people at the Hilltop store in Hampden.
Second place goes to the Dunsandel Store in Canterbury – a compulsory first stop after leaving Christchurch airport on our way home from overseas.
If we’re going international – the biggest, and best, are served in Pergamino, Argentina, where you pay by the gram.