In this telephoto shot you can see the Pareora River Dam and the trace of the old water race across the front of the spur where a walking track now makes the area accessible to the public. The dam is dangerous and as recently as 2005 a young woman was drowned when she was captured by the flow over the dam, in the pool below. At the far right of the pic you can see a section of the race that was lined with/constructed from concrete from its inception.
There is an interesting web page at (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nzlscant/pareora_dam.htm)and on that page a link to a Video made recently by a combined NZHPT and Timaru Museum group - featuring the race.
Both the video and the Rootsweb web page perpetuate the impression that the race was something like 27 miles long (the number varies widely!! and often flamboyantly) - it was surveyed at just over 17 miles and will have been as long as it was surveyed - unless the digger disputed the work of John Thomas Thompson, the surveyor.
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Photo taken in Maungati, New Zealand
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