Picnic at Poolburn Dam

This rugged landscape is familiar to The Lord of the Rings aficionadas as the Plains of Rohan and the site of Rohirrim Village. Take the Poolburn turn at Omakau and follow signs to Old Dunstan Road. This track was the fastest access route from Dunedin to the Central Otago gold fields in the 1860s gold rush. The lake is picturesque and beautifully barren with gorgeous bracing swimming, kayaking and fishing. Take warm clothes even in summer. The road is only open in summer. Don’t attempt the track beyond the dam except in a four-wheel drive.
A great summer activity.

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