The picturesque Dovedale Valley was surveyed in 1863. Such was the interest in this sub-alpine area inland from the Moutere that all the sections offered were sold in one day. The prices paid were high for the times at 10-20 shillings per acre.

The Dovedale School, built in 1869, is still on its original site and today it provides classes up to year 8. Dovedale’s industries include forestry and mixed farming, and it is also the birthplace of Dovedale Breads, a well-known organic bread-making business.

Snow in Dovedale. Photo: Alison Thorn.

Council Representation and Council Offices