Various meanderings and on the road to Styx

Over the last several weeks preceeding the dramatic onset of winter and accompanying snows I’ve been grateful for some wonderful trips in South Canterbury and Central Otago, and more recently traversing parts of the Old Dunstan Road, just before it closes legally and due to snow until Sept. or Oct.

And following on from a week of creative stimulation at the Wanaka Autumn Art School Landscape Photography class I’ve been busy with my camera…

Now that the Snow Farm cross country ski area is run by a Trust and has reserve status, it’s more like a club ski area now, so I’ve been doing a few repairs of snow retention fences, and staying up overnight in my truck…
Snow Farm

My favourite lake, Lake Ohau, where I spent significant good times as kid. I like that it’s not developed…
Lake Ohau

Looking across Lake Ohau and up the Dobson Valley to Mt Cook…
Lake Ohau

I’ve delved into my archives for some pictures of the old days. Colour slides scanned actually. I must do some more, especially of this beautiful wild place

Mind you the wind can scream down the lake…Lake Ohau

I’ve spent a lot of time at Ohau Ski Area. Here’s my old mate the late Chris Jackson above the facilities. We climbed tramped and ski toured all over for many magical years. He was superb at route finding…a victim of melanoma…
Ski touring - Lake Ohau

Sheep!
Sheep Lake Ohau road

The Hopkins Valley – one of two that feed Lake Ohau…
Hopkins Valley - Lake Ohau

The Hopkins Valley – I’ve spent a lot of time in this one…
Hopkins Valley Mt Jackson and Mt Ward

The Hopkins Valley and Mt Ward
The Hopkins Valley and Mt Ward

And like I said it can be windy…
Hopkins valley storm

Danseys Pass Hotel – a unique place on the road that connects the Waitaki Valley to the Maniototo…
Danseys Pass, Central Otago

Cattle near Kyeburn, Central Otago…
Cattle near Kyeburn

The Kyeburn river, but on this occasion for some reason it reminds me of the movie Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark…
Kyeburn

Naseby Gold diggings in the mist – now over grown with wilding pine trees…
Naseby Gold diggings

A little History…Paerau (Styx) to Clarks Junction

This section is approximately 50kms and you will experience solitude and beauty on this desolate but ethereal route. From the old Styx goal (used to store gold on the trip east to Dunedin) the road winds up and over the southern end of the Rock and Pillar Range, reaching an altitude of 1041m. There are few human impacts on this landscape except the Logan Burn Reservoir, formally the Great Moss Swamp. Natural beauty was only interrupted by the track and numerous hotels and sly-grog shops that dotted the route. Little now remains.

From this isolated irrigation reservoir the road winds its way through the tussocks and rock tors down through Rocklands Station more […]

Styx Goal…
Styx Goal

Above Styx looking out at an inversion over the Maniototo Valley…
Above Styx

Looking out at an inversion over the Maniototo Valley…
Above Styx

Dawn near the Great Moss Swamp…
Dawn near the Great Moss Swamp

Dawn near the Great Moss Swamp…
Dawn near the Great Moss Swamp

Yoga at dawn near the Great Moss Swamp…
Yoga at dawn near the Great Moss Swamp

Dawn near the Great Moss Swamp…
Dawn near the Great Moss Swamp

Woollen Mill at Milton NZ…
Woollen Mills at Milton NZ

How did this happen – why visit a woollen mill? Well I was doing a little bit to foster trade by helping a representative of a new business called Grannies Finest in The Netherlands source merino wool.

Woollen Mills at Milton NZ…
Woollen Mills at Milton NZ

Onwards to visit good friends Brian and Diane on Otago Harbour…
Otago Harbour

It’s been a bit rough sea wise around Dunedin of late, and the Sea Wall at St Clair is being severely tested by the relentless swells hitting it…
St Clair, Dunedin

Home to Wanaka and bike riding while waiting for the ski season to kick in, I was reminded that this town in autumn is a hot-spot for couples wishing to tie the knot…
Wanaka wedding

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