Lake Dunstan at Cromwell Gorge - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama of Lake Dunstan, taken from a picnic area part way up the lake in the late afternoon.
Lake Dunstan at Cromwell Gorge - FURTHER INFORMATION
Lake Dunstan at Cromwell Gorge - Central Otago visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Lake Dunstan at Cromwell Gorge' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Otago.
Lake Dunstan is a long, man made lake in Central Otago formed in the 1990's by the Clyde Dam across Clutha River, which flooded much of Cromwell Gorge. Clyde Dam is the third largest largest dam in New Zealand. Lake Dunstan has been adopted by the local tourism industry and is now promoted for various water sports, fishing, water skiing and the like.
The Clyde Dam is about 20km south of Cromwell and a short distance north of Alexandra. The whole of the Cromwell Gorge is flooded forming a long strip of water about 300m wide. North of Cromwell Lake Dunstan opens up filling a much wider valley 14km long to Crippletown on the eastern side and Mount Pisa on the right. Thus Lake Dunstan is about 35km long.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Car: From Alexandra take the 8 Highway north. This follows the eastern side of Lake Dunstan all the way to Crippletown. At Cromwell a bridge connects to the 6 Highway which runs up the western side of the lake to Wanaka.