The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 45
Lakes Wanaka and Hawea
Lakes Wanaka and Hawea.
and we can promise him that there is a treat of no ordinary nature in store for him. Wanaka and Hawea can be reached by two different routes. One of these is the main Dunedin road, on which he can proceed by coach as far as Cromwell, a distance of 40 miles, at which place he will diverge and ride over on horseback to Pembroke, where he will find a comfortable hotel. The ride can be accomplished with ease in a few hours, and the track is a good one. There is another track from Arrowtown, which leads over the Crown Range, from the top of which a magnificent view of the surrounding country can be obtained. This is the rougher route of the two, but it is certainly the most enjoy- page 25 able one to the visitor who has an eye for the sublime and beautiful in nature. This track passes through the Cardrona township and diggings, where snug accommodation is procurable at a couple of well-managed hostelries.
" This is the solitude that reason loves!
Even he who yearns for human sympathies,
page 26 And hears a music in the breath of man,
Dearer than voice of mountain or of flood,
Might live a hermit here, and mark the sun
Rising or setting mid the beauteous calm,
Devoutly blending in his happy soul
Thoughts both of earth and heaven."
The distance from Cromwell to Dunedin is 165 miles, and a coach runs regularly to Lawrence, from which place the tourist can ride by rail to the capital of Otago, a distance of 72 miles. The Cromwell coach passes through Clyde (the Dunstan diggings), Alexandra, and Roxburgh. The fast flowing Clutha is crossed at Alexandra, and here the traveller can have a good view of the old gold-workings along the banks of the river. In this portion of Otago occurred one of the first and richest rushes, and numbers of "piles" were made here in the early days of the gold-fields. The Clutha at Alexandra and Clyde is better known by the name of the Molyneux.
Roxburgh is a pretty little township, surrounded by some rich pastoral and agricultural land. If the tourist feels disposed to inspect the far-famed Gabriel's Gully and Blue Spur, he can put up at Lawrence for a day, where there are two or three excellent hotels. If, however, he has no curiosity to inspect the auriferous country around Tuapeka, he can leave for Dunedin by the morning or evening train, and reach there in less than four hours. He will pass through the rich agricultural country of Tokomairiro and the celebrated Taieri Plains.