Monday, 15 April 2013

Cromwell


The roaring Meg, a small power station in the Kawarau Gorge near Cromwell

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.

A delight  these dried fruits. I bought a bag with dried papaya

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.
 

people swimming in the blue lake in St bathans


Beautiful colours 
 
The blue lake was formed by gold sluicing or washing away gravel.

17 comments:

  1. Oh yum! All those exotic dried fruits. I would have been in there for ages...and probably bought the lot !!

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  2. Great shots of a beautiful country. Love the shop in a shed.

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  3. It looks so beautiful NZ. Such a divers kind of landscapes.

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  4. Love that last shot! Have a great day!

    Shantana

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  5. Those last 3 shots are stunning – what a beautiful lake – I bet the water is rather cold there. Did you find any goodie in that little shop?

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  6. It looks much like roadtrips I've taken in Canada. Your lake shot is lovely.

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  7. Wow ! what a beautiful landscape ! I love these white rocks !

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  8. Very very beautiful photos again of your wonderful country,Marja!

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  9. Aaah! What beautiful you have captured, Marja, and I was drooling as I looked at the fruit, both fresh and dried.

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  10. That fruit looks good and I do like the colours in the hills - although I cant help but wonder what nasties were spread about by the gold extraction.

    Cheers

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  11. Very interesting this place, a great experience every visit!

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  12. I love the scenic photos. The top one looks like it could be in the interior of my province. I also like how the dried fruits are all nicely stacked.

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  13. What stunning photos, thank you Marja for taking us along with you :-)

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  14. Hi Marja .. love the tour - the village, the store and all those fruits, the waterfall/overflow of energy, and then the lunch - what a fun place to go to ... the family have some friends in Palmerston ..

    Great to see - cheers Hilary

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  15. These are really beautiful. My favourites are the fruit and the "beautiful colours" landscape.

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