Clutha River at Beaumont - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama taken from the banks of the Clutha River just upriver from the bridge near Beaumont. The water was clear blue, and very inviting.
Clutha River at Beaumont - FURTHER INFORMATION
Clutha River at Beaumont - South Otago visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Clutha River at Beaumont' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Otago.
The Clutha River is the second longest river in New Zealand. It flows 340km through Central and South Otago, starting high in the Southern Alps near Haast Pass (where it is known as the Makarora River) the waters flow first into Lake Wanaka and then drains into Clutha River by Wanaka, near to where it meets the Hawea River draining from Lake Hawea. The Clutha then flows into Lake Dunstan, formed by the Clyde Dam. From here the river flows through Cromwell Gorge to Lake Roxburgh created by Roxburgh Dam.
The river then flows past Beumont where there is the bridge shown in this image, and on towards the coast past the only punt ferry in the Southern Hemisphere at Tuapeka Mouth. The water levels at this point are greatly affected by water release from the Roxburgh Dam upstream, and can rise rapidly and without warning.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Road: Beaumont lies on the 8 Highway about 55km from Milton to the southeast and 77km from Alexander to the northwest.