The Northern Bank of the Clutha River

A mostly gravel track from Beaumont, near Lawrence, to Millers Flat near Roxburgh. A narrow bridge limits the size of vehicles as they say it is 1.9 meters wide, but if you are careful, you can get through if you are 2.2 meters like me.

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Tuapeka Mouth Ferry

About 50 kms east of Gore is Tuapeka Mouth, where the Tuapeka River Joins the Clutha River. The Clutha is one of those rivers where you can just sit and watch the endless, raw power. None of this braided river stuff.

There is a ferry, open to the public from 8am till 10am and 4pm till 6pm. It is free. There are two wire ropes strung across the river. Two hulls with decking between them are strung off these wire ropes. Terry, the ferryman, angles the punts to the flow of the river and they act like a sail in the wind and the ferry crosses the Clutha without the use of an engine.

He then reverses the angle of the hulls and returns across to the starting side. Simple, cheap to run and fascinating. Tuapeka Mouth is a village that has seen better times. The school is closed but still well maintained. The old Presbyterian Church is available as a motorhome park for $5 per person per night.

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Southland Coast

The bottom of New Zealand is a wild and rugged coastline. Cosy Nook is one of the few sheltered harbours along the coast which is exposed to the Southerlies that come up from the Antarctic and the Roaring Forties.

There are plenty of White-baiter’s cribs and old caravans, all with a lot of character, where they shelter waiting for their nets to fill with white gold.

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