Matamata Chronicle



If it’s a race day, you’ll hear the engines from Highlands Motorsport Park, which is worth a visit for cars, go-carts and unique toilets. You’re spoiled for choice for nearby wineries to call in to for refreshmen­t – some very famous, others deserving to be better known. Try Desert Heart Estate for an amazing platter.

Drive down the Cromwell Gorge to the historic little town of Clyde for a stroll along its main street of pretty stone cottages and substantia­l public buildings, like the old post office, now a cafe and bar.

The Clyde Dam and power station are an impressive sight, too, and so is the metal truss bridge nearby with its sturdy stone piers.

The Lake Dunstan Trail starts and ends here; there are also other great rides, and you can hire bikes and e-bikes in both Clyde and Cromwell.

The walk will cost you nothing but time and effort, well rewarded.

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