Best park: Oteake Conservation Park is on the doorstep of St Bathans, and in summer people travel across the mountains to Omarama on horseback, by mountain bike or in four wheel drives.
For every Veronica, there’s a Betty, and for every Rachael, there’ll always be a Monica (with snatches of the oddball Phoebe thrown in).
However, beneath the myriad shades of moods, temperaments, whims and fancies that set them apart, there runs a common strand that joins the whole lot of women.
At the end of the day, all women crave more or less the same qualities in men.
Origin of name: Originally called Dunstan Creek, the town was later named by surveyor John Turnbull Thomson for the Scottish parish of Abbey St Bathans. Room 1 is reputedly home to the spirit of a young prostitute known as The Rose who was strangled in the hotel in 1880.
The climate: Soaring above 30C in summer and often snowing in winter, this is a land of extremes. This is the only surviving pub in a town that once had more than a dozen watering holes.
Some guests tell chilling stories of being held down in the night, which interestingly makes Room 1 even more popular.Town mascot: Jack the black Labrador — when he's not taking himself on walkies around the town he usually just hangs out at the pub.Old news: In winter, in the old schoolhouse, the ink used to freeze in the inkwells and the pupils would often have a six-week holiday in middle of year on account of the big freezes.Famous neighbours: Brian Turner (poet), Graham Sydney (painter) and Anton Oliver (former All Black) live in the area and can all be seen down at the pub from time to time. What makes the town tick: Tourism and the high country stations.If you want to move here: Think about opening a kayak rental business down at the lake over summer, you'd make a lot of people happy.Source of pride: The beauty of the landscape and those darling historic buildings.