Sunday, 19 April 2020

Cromwell- Out & About and Beyond

Catch-up (late October 2019)

Before we leave Cromwell I thought I'd share a few photos I took while out exploring.

A choppy Lake Dunstan on a wild and windy day, taken from just through the trees at the NZMCA Lowburn Park.

Looking down the lake towards Cromwell and the Carrick Range.

A storm front passing over the NZMCA Park at Lowburn, Cromwell. A new section of the cycle-way around the lake passes right behind the park.

Happy hour at Lowburn.

The many moods of Lake Dunstan, this time a calm & reflective day on the lake.

Looking across the lake towards Northburn and the Tarras-Cromwell highway.

We were waiting for news from our Winton family which may have meant we'd have to return to Southland. So once we had stayed our six night limit at the Lowburn NZMCA Park we moved down the road a couple of kilometres to the Lowburn Harbour freedom camping area which has also has a limit (3 nights). 

We have always stayed at Lowburn Harbour in the past but since the NZMCA Lowburn Park opened a few months earlier we'd taken to staying there on our visits. They are both great spots, although the freedom camping site can get very busy during the summer season.

The wind protected Lowburn Harbour inlet nearly always provides perfect reflection opportunities....

...with amazing cloud formations up above.

After using up our three night quota at Lowburn Harbour we moved another few kilometers down the lake to the NZMCA Rotary Glen Park which also has a three night limit. 

The calm early spring weather also provided me with some gorgeous photo opportunities of my favourite Cromwell location; the Inlet at Bannockburn. I try to visit The Inlet everytime we stop in Cromwell; the scene never changes, just the seasons. 

Click on the photo to enlarge and then scroll back & forward for a better comparison view.

October 2019
August, 2019
May, 2016
The Bannockburn Bridge over the Kawarau River.

October 2019
May, 2014
The Inlet at Bannockburn

October, 2019
August, 2019
May, 2016
October, 2019
August, 2019

I drove through to Frankton (Queenstown) for a day's shopping, stopping in the Kawarau Gorge along the way. And in fact I wasn't very impressed with the new shopping centre (or just didn't feel like shopping) so I spent most of my time taking photos there & back. 

The Chinese mining huts at the Kawarau Gorge Goldfields Mining Centre (shot across the river from where the above photo was taken).

Historic Roaring Meg Power Station in the Kawarau Gorge.

Kawarau River and bridge not far from the Nevis Bluff.

And in Queenstown, the Lower Shotover River and The Remarkables, taken from the historic Lower Shotover Bridge which was built in 1871 and was the first bridge to cross the Shotover. 

And finally a few photos from Old Cromwell Town which I visited a few days later. 

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