202J

District 202J covers much of the east coast of New Zealand's South Island from Rakaia, just south of Christchurch, down to Milton, south of Dunedin, and inland from Middlemarch up through Otematata and Tekapo to Geraldine. The district covers the flat plains of Mid-Canterbury and South Canterbury, the rolling hills of North Otago, and and tussock and native bush covered hills behind Dunedin and beyond. 

Rivers like the Taieri, Waitaki, Rangitata and the Rakaia and our many fine lakes make our district a mecca for fresh water anglers looking for double figure trophy fish. Salt water fishing is also rewarding with many varieties caught including blue cod and groper.

Our larger towns like Ashburton, Timaru and Oamaru all have their own individual feel.

 

Ashburton is a busy farming supply town surrounded by lush plains that support many different types of farming.  Extensive irrigation schemes allow full utilisation of the land.   Sheep, cattle, and deer are farmed in conjunction with numerous varieties of crops, both vegetable, seeds  and grain.

 

Timaru is built around a thriving port that services the South Canterbury farmlands.  With the re-routing of State Highway 1, Timaru is again a quiet peaceful town, fully equipped with everything you could need.

 

Oamaru is famous for its Victorian look and feel.  Walking down Harbour Street is like stepping back into the 19th century.  Be careful not to get run over by a pennyfarthing cycle or drowned in the memories of having had to take Lane's Emulsion!

Dunedin is the main city in our district. The "Edinburgh of the South" lives up to its name with a statue of Robbie Burns in the Octagon at its centre. Dunedin is a university city with over 18000 students this year.  Even though Dunedin has a population of approximately 120,000, it is New Zealand's largest city by area, stretching from Middlemarch on the Strath Taieri plain in the west to Waikouaiti on the east coast and Mosgiel south-west of Dunedin, and including Otago Peninsula.  It is known as the home of "Wilson's Whisky".  Wilson's has been compared to some of the finer whiskies and the single malt called "Lammerlaw", named after one of the mountain ranges inland from Dunedin, must be tasted to be believed.  Other attractions in Dunedin are  the historic Edwardian-era railway station, the albatross colony on the northern tip of the peninsula at Taiaroa Head, Larnach Castle, Olverston and Carisbrook rugby grounds, the new stadium and the University of Otago buildings, to name a few.

If you are in our neighbourhood or thinking of coming for a visit, please contact one of our clubs and come and see what 202J Lions get up to.

 

Click on About Us for DG's monthly message, News for items of current interest and Bulletins for current and recent copies of our district bulletin, J-Times.

 

 

 

 

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