The Jones fruit stall is like a fruit museum on the edge of Cromwell. Cromwell is a town in Central Otago famous for growing stone fruits.
We didn't have enough time to go the new Central Motor Speedway in Cromwell but on the lake was some speeding going on anyway. Roaring, water slicing speed boat races.
We drove over highway 85, a road of 160 km between Alexandra and Palmerston. We drove through a very empty, rugged landscape with rivers and hills. Halfway we went on a side road to the tiny town (pop. around 10)of St Bathans a former mining town. There was one shop in a shed and we had lunch in the historic haunted Vulcan Hotel.
The blue lake was formed by gold sluicing or washing away gravel.