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Hi all. This is Lake Dunstan, a man made hydro-electric lake built in 1993.
This lake has flooded many farms and orchards and the entire town of Cromwell had to be relocated. There is also quite a bit of our young countries history submerged below the water here, relics from our early settlers and gold mining era.
The dam is sited nearby the town of Clyde which is sited below water level.
Clyde was also the start of our cycle odyssey. (Photos to follow later)
The weather was extraordinarily calm and I got lucky with the light also.

Enjoy, Paul.

More info; Clyde Dam is the largest concrete gravity dam in New Zealand consisting of one million cubic metres of concrete. It's height is 100 metres, width at base is 70 metres, width at crest 10 metres and length at crest 490 metres.
Controversy surrounded the building of the dam, which saw a number of orchards and houses removed from the Cromwell Gorge to allow the flooding of the river valley. The lake formed by the dam, Lake Dunstan, is 26.4 square kilometres in size. Its recreational uses include water-skiing, boating, canoeing, jet boating, boat cruises and eco-tours of the abundant fish and bird life.
The lake extends from the historical township of Clyde through the Cromwell Gorge to Cromwell township, with one arm travelling up the Kawarau River to Bannockburn and the other widening out over the Lowburn Flats.

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