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Off we go again ! Having decided to go back the high country route to St Arnaud then on to Blenheim we headed off about 9am. Leaving Hanmer Springs we immediately started to climb. The road, although gravel, was quite good - had a few corrugations on the bends but nothing an ordinary car couldn't cope with. As we climbed up the trees got less and less and the tussock and grasslands took over. Going this route we pass through Molesworth and also a couple of other areas ( St James Conservation Area and Rainbow cattle Station ). Rainbow Station being privatly owned, charge $25 per vehicle to help with the upkeep of the road ( What upkeep I say ! ) The road through Molesworth was very good with most of the streams having bridges ( and also fords for heavy vehicles and trucks ). Following the Clarence River we steadily climbed up into mountains. The vegetation gradually changed from tussock and grass , to more alpine type plants.

Another Alpine Plant.

Lake Tennyson

Next stop was at a pretty little lake - Lake Tennyson, with all the 4 X 4s parked at the picnic area. The covered over picnic table is typical of the buildings DoC are putting up all through the area.

Clarence River

Source of the Clarence River as it flows out of Lake Tennyson ( Water was crystal clear ! )