A delicate balance – New Zealand Geographic

Nests and eggs are virtually impossible to spot from a vehicle. In spring, the ephemeral Lake Murray on Godley Peaks Road provides nourishment for kakī and merino sheep alike.

Demands are mounting on the Mackenzie’s river systems. South of Twizel, tussock vanishes and rugby-pitch green takes over, an incongruous contrast with the tawny mountains in the distance. A proposal to irrigate another 4800 hectares of the Pukaki outwash plain is currently the subject of an appeal in the High Court.

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