Trip Start Nov 09, 2011
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was the imposing Clyde Damn looming over the quaint town of
Clyde..this mammoth task of engineering holds back 26 square
kilometres of water producing the most electricity in new Zealand.
Clyde has many historic buildings again left after the gold rush with
many businesses still using them and even the hotel has furniture,
pictures and music of a bygone age...very interesting to look round.
drove on the sh85 through alexandra and onto a loop road over the
majestic suspension bridge at ophir which pre dates the gold rush and
still used today through the peaceful outpost town with old-time
buildings lining its main street..and on into the valley through
towns with a pub as the only sign of life. We stopped at Naseby yet
another town that has decided to reconstruct its gold mning history
very cute though..keeping the old buildings looking as they used to,
almost a living museum as all the shops and houses are lived in.
caravan site book and sat nav.
unusual places to stay and today was one of them..we drove 8km down
an unmade bumpy hilly road to find a POP, (park on our property) in
the middle of no where.. it is a farm owned by john and margaret with
25,000 acres of land and we parked on their grassy car park..it
turned out after talking to them, that are direct descendants of the
gold rush and the family has owned all that land from striking gold
back in the early 1800s..a great story and end to our gold rush
themed day... what was also interesting was johns uncle was into
fashion and during the 50, 60 and even 70 s he was involved in design
and frequented many of the miss world contests..so he started a
collection of the actual clothes designed and worn on the cat walks
of that era.
houses over 300 original outfits..along with many miss world photos
and artefacts..and for the men he also collected Jim Beam caskets
over 1000 of these in all shapes and sizes and some with the whiskey
still in we were told.. cars, animals, famous people to name but a
few and made from a variety of materials from plastic to ceramics...
it was all very interesting to see..