Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Old Gold Mines Rich in History

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Old Gold Mines Rich in History

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Byline: David Ellis

DAVID Gatward-Ferguson delights in telling people, particularly his fellow Brits, that he's a drop-out.

aWife's one, too,a he cheerfully adds. aI dropped out of marketing computer systems and Amanda dropped out from being an accountant.

aAnd now we spend our days in the most beautiful terrain in the world. Fellow Poms turn greener than the hills around here when we tell them that people actually pay us to take them into these mountains, to get them into the old gold-mining sites down by the rivers, and by four-wheel to places just so incredibly rich in history and folklore.a

a[approximately]Here' for David and Amanda is the spectacular alpine country around Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island. aWe'd become sick and tired of boardroom backstabbing and bitchiness in London,a David said. aSo one day in 1993 we walked out, bought two air tickets to New Zealand, and we've been here since.a

On arriving in Auckland, David and Amanda decided that a anice long drivea would be a good way to see the country, so they bought a campervan and weeks later ended up in Queenstown.

There they came upon an opportunity to take over a company called Nomad Safaris that specialised in four-wheel drive tours into the beautiful mountain terrain behind Queenstown a taking adventurous tourists along roads that were once little more than foot tracks for early sheep farmers. …

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