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Freedom camping, November 1964

Graham Leslie

One of my first memories of camping was at ‘Spec Creek’. You won’t find it on a map — it was just some little creek on the side of the road, somewhere in Central Otago, where our car (an old 1930 Model A Ford) broke down. There was nothing there.


Mum and Dad built a dam of stones to make a bit of a swimming area (knee deep) where we floated around on Lilos. I don’t know how long we stayed there. Maybe a week, as car parts had to come from Auckland.


The weather was good, and I remember it as a legendary holiday. The things memories are made of.


Take your children camping: they will never forget it.


Adrienne Leslie (mother) with Rhonda and Graham.


Photos ©2022 Graham Leslie


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