Tourist information on Clyde Dam and Lake Dunstan, New Zealand. The Clyde Dam is a large hydroelectric dam built over the Clutha River in the Central Otago region of New Zealand. Located near to the historical township of Clyde, the Clyde Dam forms beautiful Lake Dunstan. Lake Dunstan is a popular attraction for water sports and activities.

The Man-Made Fascination of Clyde Dam and Lake Dunstan

Clyde Dam is a large hydroelectric dam built on the Clutha River, near the town of Clyde in Central Otago New Zealand.

Clyde Dam is the largest concrete gravity dam in New Zealand consisting of one million cubic metres of concrete. It's height is 100 metres, width at base is 70 metres, width at crest 10 metres and length at crest 490 metres.

Clyde Dam, Central Otago, New Zealand
Clyde Dam, Central Otago, New Zealand

Controversy surrounded the building of the Clyde Dam, which saw a number of orchards and houses removed from the Cromwell Gorge to allow the flooding of the river valley.

Jason Ryan and Kelvin & Jacob Coghlan during a jet skiing adventure on the Clutha River, Clyde Dam Overflow Gates, Central Otago, New Zealand
Jet Skiing to the Clyde Dam Overflow Gates

Active people and adrenaline junkies will love a jet ski adventure on the Clutha River. Drop your ski in the water at the Alexandra boat ramp and cruise down the river visiting historic gold mining sites and cruise up the river to visit the Clyde Dam.

Jason Ryan with his passenger move in closer to the Clyde Dam. In the distance Kelvin & Jacob Coghlan just seconds before being tipped from their jet ski by the strong currents during a jet skiing adventure on the Clutha River, Clyde Dam Spillway, Central Otago, New Zealand
Jet Skiing to the Clyde Dam Outlet and Spillway

Lake Dunstan

The lake formed by the dam, Lake Dunstan, is 26.4 square kilometres in size.

Lake Dunstan's recreational uses include water-skiing, boating, canoeing, jet boating, boat cruises and eco-tours of the abundant fish and bird life.

Kids riding a Ski Biscuit on Lake Dunstan, Central Otago, New Zealand
Kids having fun on a ski biscuit, Lake Dunstan.
Pisa Moorings, Lake Dunstan, Central Otago, New Zealand
Pisa Moorings lagoon and apartments, Lake Dunstan.
Jet skiing and ski biscuiting, Lake Dunstan, Central Otago, New Zealand, Central Otago, New Zealand
Jet Skiing and biscuiting, Lake Dunstan.

Lake Dunstan extends from the historical township of Clyde through the Cromwell Gorge to Cromwell township, with one arm travelling up the Kawarau River to Bannockburn and the other widening out over the Lowburn Flats.

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