A perfect day and a flight to Wanaka, over some amazing scenery – what could be a better way to spend the day!!
Leaving Dunedin – a view of the Taieri plains – looking east over Saddle hill
Poolburn reservoir, the Dam was built in the depression supplying water to irrigate the Ida Valley . Poolburn’s recent claim to fame comes from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, where the Dam became the mythical city of Rohan – see more photos in my post on Poolburn.
Alexandra – over Earnscleugh, looking back over the township heading towards Clyde
Cromwell – the old part of the town (in the top right hand corner of this photo) was flooded when Lake Dunstan was formed to supply water to the Clyde Dam. The old bridge crossed the river at the narrow point where the Clutha and Kawarau rivers met and along with the bridge most of the old commercial area of the town was flooded. The old part of town is an interesting place to visit, dedicated volunteers relocated these building to higher ground to form the Historic precinct. The buildings are now home to shops, cafes and galleries.
Cromwell and beautiful Lake Dunstan formed when the Dam and Power Station at Clyde was built. Wanaka is over the range on the top left of the photo.
Looking over the Highlands motor sport, innovation and technology park where you can experience go karts, Lamborghini, V8 super cars, museum and much more. A close up view of the race track below. Historic Bannockburn and the Kawarau river are in the background.
Glendu Bay – this is very popular area for camping over the summer months, lots of people and boats!
Clutha River – heading home.