Dalefield History

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Early Maori travelled through the Kawarau Gorge on seasonal hunting expeditions and to access precious pounamu/greenstone from the Wakatipu area. But Central Otago’s high country was not settled permanently until the mid-1800s when the government created vast grazing blocks, leased to enterprising...
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This is a significant site from a heritage/archaeological perspective. The stone cottage once used by local identity Rum Currie has been restored but there are a number of other stone structures nearby, mapped by the Otago Anthropological Society in 2009. Of equal interest is the remains of Hugh...
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Before 1862 the Kawarau Gorge was a quiet place, frequented first by Māori and, after 1858, by occasional pastoralists from the vast Kawarau Station. The discovery of gold in the Dunstan (Cromwell Gorge) brought dramatic change as a stream of gold seekers poured into the valley. Millions of...
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Kawarau Station was one of several vast high country tracts of leasehold land created by the government between 1848 and 1858. The Kawarau River formed its northern boundary, stretching 40 kilometres from Clyde to Gibbston and covering an area of some 206,000 acres (82 hectares). By 1895...
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The Waitiri Peninsula marks the eastern end of the Gibbston flats and sits inside a large river loop, guarded by the massive Nevis Bluff which blocked access for early travellers. It was 1867 when a road was cut around the bluff allowing the first vehicle access to Gibbston. Even then, it could...
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Dalefield in the headlines

Thu 27 Jul 2017
A tired protection officer told a train driver the track was clear of workers. It wasn't.
Tue 27 Jun 2017
Queenstown and Central Otago roads are treacherous for drivers following the 'big freeze', police say.
Mon 24 Apr 2017
A Queenstown home full of art and music is also a playground for a family with four boys.
Thu 6 Apr 2017
Berhampore in Wellington got more rain in 12 hours than in a typical month.
Wed 5 Apr 2017
Airways expects it will take two hours to fix landing instruments affected by weather.
Wed 5 Apr 2017
Heavy rain pounding the country has sparked widespread flooding, road closures and slips.
Thu 8 Sep 2016
Traffic chaos on Coronet Peak as up to 8km of traffic caused the road to shut.
Thu 8 Sep 2016
Winds of up to 150kmh have lashed the country - but things may look up tomorrow.
Thu 28 Jul 2016
Lorde, Taika Waititi, Sam Neill, Steven Adams. They've done alright. But how well?
Mon 16 May 2016
GRAPHIC CONTENT: The owner doesn't know who's responsible, but thinks they may have done it to hurt her.