A sub-tropical wetland?
In the mists of prehistory, a sprawling 5600km super-lake stretched across the Manuherikia and Ida valleys and far beyond. Today, a treasure trove of discovered fossils has revealed a glimpse of ancient life in this prehistoric, sub-tropical wetland we call Lake Manuherikia. A myriad of wildlife, including the world’s most southerly-known crocodile, turtles and short-legged flamingos, lived by the lake 16-19 million years ago.
Later the earth cooled. Tectonic activity uplifted the Southern Alps forming Central Otago’s mountain ranges and valleys. Over millions of years, streams like the Idaburn sculpted new westward paths through the Raggedy Range’s schist bedrock, carving a channel that linked the Manuherikia and Ida valleys to craft the magnificent Poolburn Gorge.
The Blue Lake
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The Cromwell Story
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