Until recently, New Zealand's spectacular Clutha River was threatened by four hydro dams proposed by Contact Energy, at Tuapeka Mouth, Beaumont, Queensberry and Luggate. This website remains active as a reminder that our New Zealand rivers are still not safe from hydro exploitation.

Save The Maori Gorge

Maori Gorge, QueensberryMaori Gorge, Queensberry

At Queensberry, the Upper Clutha enters the Maori Gorge as it turns south-east toward the Lindis Crossing and later Cromwell. A grade-3 rapid, Smokin' Joe's, marks the head of the gorge, and a flying-fox still spans the narrowest section. A picnic area on the Tarras side of the gorge provides access to an historic gold-dredge trail heading up along the river. This short, hidden, rock-lined gorge is one the gems of the Queensberry area.

Maori Gorge RaftersMaori Gorge Rafters


Smokin' Joe's Rapid, Maori Gorge entranceSmokin' Joe's Rapid, Maori Gorge entrance


Maori Gorge, QueensberryMaori Gorge, Queensberry



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'Save The Clutha' supports the 'Option 5 Campaign' launched by the Clutha River Forum, an alliance of river and conservation groups opposed to further "Think Big" dams on the Clutha River.

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