Otira pub

Otira pub, originally uploaded by gypsy woman1.

In 1997 a couple travelling on the train noticed a for sale sign on this pub. They hired a car and went back to investigate, and bought it for $70,000. When they studied the small print they found they had bought the village. Otira ( do click on this link to take you to a very interesting page about the history of Otira) is a small settlement near the top of Arthur’s Pass and was built in 1923 to house the railway workers as they built the line. So they tidied things up and put the cottages up for rent at $90/week. It became a thriving little community and last year they were offered $1,000,000 for it. They declined the offer…

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