So many critical points in Mt Pisa Station’s history resulted from a stroke of luck. The origin of the area’s development sprung from that ultimate stroke of luck — the discovery of gold. Had it not been for the gold rushes, Mt Pisa might have remained an offshoot of Wanaka Station and the whole area a backwater for many years to come. However, perhaps the main stroke of luck, for the MacMillans, was Murray’s father winning the ballot for the Homestead Block, when the larger property was divided up following the First World War.
On first driving out to the homestead of Mt Pisa, Nicola experienced an overwhelming sense of familiarity — as it turns out, with good reason. When she was a child, her cousin and husband worked on the station, and Nicola had visited them one summer. The strength and the warmth of those memories are typical of visitors to the station, which inevitably has them in its thrall. Perhaps this is why the MacMillans are so determined to conserve and nurture the land so dear to their hearts.