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Kawarau and Clutha river junction

Kawarau and Clutha river junction

In 1903 (top) Cromwell sat high above the junction of the two rivers, the narrower and murky Kawarau joining the broader, crystal-clear Clutha. In the early 1990s, when the Clyde Dam was completed, Lake Dunstan was created, flooding the Cromwell town site. In anticipation, a new town centre had been laid out on higher ground, fronting on to the lake. The new town is shown here in 2005 (bottom), with Lake Dunstan behind.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Otago places - Cromwell district', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 Jul 2015