The inspiring story of a determined woman and an isolated farming life.
Robby and Garry Robilliard arrived in Golden Bay in 1957 as a young married couple with a baby. They longed to own their own sheep farm, but lack of money stood in their way.
Then they found Rocklands, a rundown marginal property in the hills above Takaka. Its three previous owners had gone bust; no wonder Robby came to call it 'nightmare land'.
Sixty years on, Robby and Garry still call Rocklands home. Hard Country is Robby's entertaining story of their decades living at Rocklands, and their encounters along the way with the many and varied Golden Bay characters.