Powerhouse River

Roxburgh hydro dam, on the Clutha / Mata-Au River often referred to as the ‘Mighty Clutha River’. I always feel huge respect for this amazing river. There’s two big hydro dams on the Clutha – the Roxburgh Dam (completed 1957) and Clyde Dam (completed 1993).

Here’s some overview photos I took from the top of Roxburgh Dam on 16 August 2020 – there’s a public road runs along the top of the dam so great access! Central Otago, New Zealand

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The photos each follow on from each other. This is the last dam on the river; from here the Clutha River flows on for a long distance before eventually reaching the sea at Inch Clutha, south of the town of Balclutha. We frequently cross it at various points when driving: Roxburgh township, Millers Flat, Beaumont, Clydevale and Balclutha – all between here and the sea.


This river and its catchment are hugely interesting. If you’d like to see more photos and information I found an incredibly comprehensive page I’ll return to myself to read in more depth.. highly recommend it:  here’s the link


Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

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  1. I recall driving along that road going from Queenstown to Duneden still getting used to driving on the left side of the road and wanting to crane my neck for a look but terrified I would drive into the other lane. I got better. It was getting late in the winter day and didn’t want to drive at night, so didn’t stop.

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