One day on my travels through the South Island of New Zealand I opened the guidebook and found out that there was a hostel of sorts available to stay in in what can only be considered a "unique" location. That location turned out to be the former workers camp of the Waitaki Hydroelectricity Scheme begun in the 60s and 70s. The camp, and in fact the town itself, called Twizel, were built from nothing in order to provide a convenient base of operations for the workers building 50km of canals, two dams, and several large power stations over several years. All was temporary in the town of Twizel, as it was fully expected to be dismantled and returned to farmland once the project was finished. Everything from buildings to roads to power and telephone lines were all built so as to be as easy as possible to dismantle and remove once the time came. As it turned out the town's residents rather liked the location and became a bit more permanent than expected, successfully fought to stop the dismantlement, and the town was spared its ignominious fate.
Once I heard that I could not only stay in this beautiful area, but also in some kind of shock worker project camp, I had to do it. The camp itself is very much frozen in 1977 or so, and you stay in these crazy old-fashioned rooms with communal showers and toilets and lots of use of browns and oranges so popular in those days. As crazy as it might sound I actually rather enjoyed the experience, and ended up having nearly an entire wing to myself for the evening.
Driving around the area the next day I began to visit some of the power infrastructure installations, and the many miles of Caribbean blue waters that had been routed through the turbines and generators. The scale of the project is quite impressive and the moody clouds, occasional snow showers, and fantastic mountain backdrops generated numerous shooting opportunities, some of which you can see below.