Rotherham is another of those small towns that met our synopsis criteria.
Rotherham is on the road from Hanmer Springs and Cheviot and 10k before Waiau.
The Rotherham Museum is a private enterprise and at the time of our visit was not open for business.
Rotherham's Rail heritage makes interesting reading and this is the quote from Wikipedia:-
“On 8 February 1886, a rail line was opened to Culverden, but construction then stalled as debate raged about the final route and destination of the line. Some proposals included a line through Rotherham, and in 1914, work finally began on extending the line to Waiau via Rotherham. This extension was opened on 15 December 1919 and the line became known as the Waiau Branch. Rotherham station had a relatively large station building by the standard of rural New Zealand stations, possibly due to plans that suggested terminating the line in Rotherham rather than in Waiau. The station also had stockyards and a good shed; the stockyards were removed in 1970, and the goods shed was sold and relocated by July 1975. The railway itself closed on 15 January 1978, with the station building left in its original location and acquired for use by a local farmer”
Rotherham is a town that requires more than just a drive through mindset. .