Day 22 – Clydevale, Alexandra Cromwell Twizel Mt Cook

Had a bit of rain last night (that’s why the river rose) but today is fine and clear albeit a bit cold, but I’m still wearing shorts.
We headed off  for the moutains through the gold mining belt of Otago. This area is now a contrast between prosperous farming/fruit cropping and some pretty desolate looking country.
Past Alexandra we stopped at a couple of hydro dams. It seems there’s hydro dams all over the place in the South Island. Anyway, they make for some remarkeable lakes, like this one at Cromwell.


We’d already been through Cromwell on our way  from Wanaka to Queenstown but we continued on through the Lindas Pass with its rugged landscape.

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Then onto Omarama and Twizel and then Mount Cook. If you don’t do anything else, you’ve got to see Mt Cook up close and personal. We tramped in over rugged terrain for an hour to get this photo and it was getting late so the color is a little off.

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Camped the night under another mountain that looked like it could drop its glacier on us at any moment. It had snowed up here last night so it was very cold tonight.



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