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    Lake Pukaki

    by al2401 Updated Jul 18, 2012

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    Lake Pukaki is one of three parallel lakes running north south from the Southern Alps. It is the largest of the three (the others are Lake Tekapo and Lake Ohau). All are glacier lakes and the glacial flour gives them that distinctive blue colour.

    Lake Pukaki is fed by the Tasman River from the waters of the Tasman and Hooker Glaciers. It is part of the Waitaki Hydro Scheme.

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    Aoraki Visitor Centre

    by al2401 Updated Jul 18, 2012

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    The visitor centre at Mt Cook/Aoraki is quite amazing. It is full of imformation about the area including Maori history, wildlife, climbing history and the mountains. There are examples of Maori art and some beautiful stained glass windows featuring flora and fauna of the area.

    There is also a well stocked shop.

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    Mount Cook

    by al2401 Updated Jul 18, 2012

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    Mount Cook or in the Maori, Aoraki is the highest mountain in New Zealand. It is 3,754 metres high and is in the Southern Alps, the mountain range which runs the length of the South Island.

    It is a popular tourist destination all year round and on the list of challenges to mountain climbers. The Tasman Gacier (to the east) and the Hooker Glacier (to the west) flow from the peak.

    It is part of Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park (established in 1953) which, along with Westland National Park, Mount Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park forms one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

    The drive to Mt Cook from either Twizel or Lake Tekapo is fantastic for scenery. Both roads join at Lake Pukaki then follow the lake until its head.

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    Lake Tekapo

    by al2401 Updated Jul 16, 2012

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    Lake Tekapo is one of three lakes running almost parallel to each other. Lakes Pukaki and Ohau are the other two. Lake Tekapo is the second largest. It is fed by the waters of the Godley River and drained by the Tekapo River. It forms part of the extensive Waitaki Hydro Scheme.

    The township of Lake Tekapo is at the southern end of the lake and has a number of tourist resorts.

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    Church of the Good Shepherd - Lake Tekapo

    by al2401 Updated Jul 16, 2012

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    Situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo is the Church of the Good Shepherd, which, in 1935, was the first church built in the Mackenzie Basin. It was built as a place of worship for many denominations and remains so today. As a memorial to the founders of the area it is made from local stone - in fact the stones could only be gathered from within 5 miles away and were not to be worked in any way.

    The church is one of the most photgraphed in New Zealand, albeit the world and has an altar which stands in front of a large picture window showcasing a spectacular view of the lake and mountains.

    Regular worship services are held and they are popular with visitors.

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    McKenzie County Collie Dog Memorial - Tekapo

    by al2401 Updated Jul 15, 2012

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    Collie Dog Memorial - Tekapo
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    Border Collie dogs were introduced to the area in the 1800's byt the Scottish shepherds. Without these dogs the area could not have been farmed with any success. A memorial to the saviour of the McKenzie County has been erected at Lake Tekapo.

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    Waitaki Hydro Scheme - Lake Ruataniwha

    by al2401 Updated Jul 15, 2012

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    The Waitaki Hydro Scheme was a mammoth undertaking involving daming the Waitaki River at three places and using the waters of three lakes - Tekapo, Pukaki, and Ohau. Lake Ruataniwha was created as a result of damming the Ohau River. The Waitaki dam was built first, then Aviemore Dam creating Lake Aviemore followed by Benmore Dam creating Lake Benmore. Canals connect the other four lakes into the system with power stations on each contributing to the output of the whole system.

    Lake Ruataniwha
    Lake Ruataniwha was formed by the Ruataniwha Dam on the Ohau River. The dam wall is part of State Highway 8 between Twizel and Omarama.

    The lake has been developed into a recreational area with the planting of trees and the establishment of a holiday park on the lake side. It is a favourite venue for water sports including rowing, sailing and windsurfing.

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    Waitaki Hydro Scheme - Lake Waitaki

    by al2401 Updated Jul 15, 2012

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    The Waitaki Hydro Scheme was a mammoth undertaking involving daming the Waitaki River at three places and using the waters of three lakes - Tekapo, Pukaki, and Ohau. Lake Ruataniwha was created as a result of damming the Ohau River. The Waitaki dam was built first, then Aviemore Dam creating Lake Aviemore followed by Benmore Dam creating Lake Benmore. Canals connect the other four lakes into the system with power stations on each contributing to the output of the whole system.

    Lake Waitaki
    Lake Waitaki was created by the construction of Waitaki Dam, a 36m high spill weir dam built between 1928 and 1934. This was the last dam built in New Zealand with excavation done with pick and shovel, not heavy machinery. (Wikipedia)

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    Waitaki Hydro Scheme - Lake Aviemore

    by al2401 Updated Jul 15, 2012

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    The Waitaki Hydro Scheme was a mammoth undertaking involving daming the Waitaki River at three places and using the waters of three lakes - Tekapo, Pukaki, and Ohau. Lake Ruataniwha was created as a result of damming the Ohau River. The Waitaki dam was built first, then Aviemore Dam creating Lake Aviemore followed by Benmore Dam creating Lake Benmore. Canals connect the other four lakes into the system with power stations on each contributing to the output of the whole system.

    Lake Aviemore
    The youngest of the three dams on the Waitaki River is Aviemore Dam, completed in 1968. It is made out of both earth and concrete and is situated between Waitaki and Benmore Dams.

    Salmon and trout fishing is available in both Lakes Aviemore and Benmore all year round apart from September. Lake Aviemore holds the Aviemore Classic Trailer Yacht race on the Labour Day weekend and the Windsurfing Championship each January.

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    Waitaki Hydro Scheme - Lake Benmore

    by al2401 Updated Jul 15, 2012

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    The Waitaki Hydro Scheme was a mammoth undertaking involving daming the Waitaki River at three places and using the waters of three lakes - Tekapo, Pukaki, and Ohau. Lake Ruataniwha was created as a result of damming the Ohau River. The Waitaki dam was built first, then Aviemore Dam creating Lake Aviemore followed by Benmore Dam creating Lake Benmore. Canals connect the other four lakes into the system with power stations on each contributing to the output of the whole system.

    Lake Benmore
    Lake Benmore was created when the Benmore Dam was built in the 1960's. The dam is the largest earthwall dam in New Zealand. It is fed by the Ohau, Pukaki and Tekapo Rivers.

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    Swimming Holes in the River

    by DSwede Written Jan 16, 2012

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    Simming Holes in the River

    A lot of the locals will walk or ride their bikes along the few paths down the by river. There are also a couple of deeper holes in the river where they go swimming.

    The water is fresh and cold, but refreshing at the same time. Once you are wet, there is ample flat grassy areas to rest and warm yourself in the sun.

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    Salmon Nursery

    by pepples46 Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Salmon Nursery

    Twizel takes its name from the near by River, there are also three big Lakes around..Lake Ohau, Tekapo and Pukaki. the natural inflow of fresh waters, the melting of the ice, is not only the cornerstone for the Powerstation, it's also a lifeline for the Business of a Salmon Farm.....you won't get them fresher than that, right into you frying pan
    but of course some like only wild salmon, you can get them too in NZ, in Rakaia, have a look at my Rakaia Gorgepage

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    Walks in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

    by iammon Written Mar 28, 2008

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    There is some nice walks you can do in the park.
    Here two small examples if you do not have too much time:

    Hooker Valley Track (3 hours)
    Follow the Hooker Valley Road with the car (or if you walk from village add 1 hour) . Trailhead is at the campsite. You will pass the Alpine Memorial (nice viewpoint) and leads then to the Hooker River where you find two swingbridges to pass it. Trail ends on Hooker lake where you get some glacier views. Along the track you will find a lot of mountain flowers.

    Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier view (40 min return)
    At the end of Tasman Valley Road is the trailhead.

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    Salmon Farm

    by imstress Written Apr 8, 2006

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    On the way to Twizel from Omarama, we came across this Salmon Farm.

    The lady boss was very friendly. You could feed the salmon with the feeds provided by the farm.

    We had some fresh salmon sashimi at this farm.

    We kill sometime by feeding those salmon fishes while the owner of the salmon farm went to cut up some nice salmon sashimi for us. Those fishes must be very hungry because they will fight with each other for food.

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    Twizel Information Centre

    by imstress Written Apr 8, 2006

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    The Twizel Information Centre should be the first stop for every visitors to this small town.
    It is located at the Twizel Events Centre.

    Phone: (03) 435 3124
    Fax: (03) 435 0537
    E-mail: info@twizel.com
    Opening hours:
    October - April. 9.00am - 7.00pm. Daily
    May - September. 9.00am - 5.00pm. Monday to Saturday

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