Where the Roaring Meg meets Kawarau River

Christine Smith

Grovedale, Australia

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Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 17mm, ISO: 100, Aperture: f22, Shutter: 1/20

Taken at the Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago, in the South Island of New Zealand. Te Wai a Korokio / The Roaring Meg, is the turbulent stream that both drives the Roaring Meg hydro electric power station and merges witht he Kawarau River. To European settlers the Roaring Meg was first known as Kirtle Burn, and several legends suggest how it became the Roaring Meg. One says that it was named after Maggie Brennan, a turbulent and voluble, red-haired barmaid from the nearby Kirtleburn Hotel. Roaring Meg is certainly an apt description whit it’s in flood, borne out by another version of the name’s orogins. This involves an early party of diggers who were accompanying two ladies from a dancing saloon. At the first stream the party came to, the diggers, gentlemen all, carried the ladies across. One of whom made so much fuss and noise that they named the stream after her; Roaring Meg. In contrast, her female comapnion was perfectly calm and silent, so the diggers named the next stream they came to, which was smaller and quieter – Gentle Annie. The Kawarau River flows through the gorge, which is located between the towns of Queenstown and Cromwell. The gorge begins some 30 kilometres from Queenstown, close to the wine-growing community of Gibbston and the large rock outcrop known as the Nevis Bluff and it continues for some 25 kilometres before the river emerges into the upper valley of the Clutha River close to the settlement of Ripponvale. The Roaring Meg hydro scheme and Goldfields Mining Centre are in the gorge. The gorge is noted for its natural beauty, and is also the site of several extreme sports, notably bungy jumping at the Old Kawarau Bridge, and white-water sports such as kayaking and riverboarding.

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