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Arrowtown

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  • Day7

    Today we slept in slightly, our legs feeling not too bad from the previous days snow adventures. James and I set out down he street on a coffee run. Some delicious coffee can be found across the road from Queenstown's Lakeview Holiday Park at a cosy little cafe called Bespoke Kitchen.

    On return it was a quick pack up and we were on the beautiful road to the historical town of Arrowtown, about 30 minutes out of Queenstown. Arrowtown is a historic gold mining town situated on the banks of the Arrow River, surrounded by steep, rocky mountains. Gold was first discovered in the Arrow river back in 1862 and soon a large population of 7,000 miners moved to the area. There are many well preserved buildings built by European and Chinese Immigrants when the Arrowtown gold mining was at it's peak. There was something very 'English' about the town with its stone walls, green grass, and old stone cottages everywhere. We browsed the many different antique and collectable stores before settling in for coffee and scones at a nice cafe.
    Jo and I paid a little visit to the tiny local library, Jo reminiscing to the days when her Mum would take her and her siblings to the local library back home when they were young kids and they'd borrow books and DVDs til their hearts content. Such amazing memories! ☺️

    After much wandering of this amazing little town, we decided to head back toward Queenstown, this time continuing through the town and heading toward a place called Glenorchy. The 50 minute drive to Glenorchy is very renowned for its stunning road alongside Lake Wakatipu (the main Queenstown lake). We were blown away by a constant view of the water, surrounded by green forests. We stopped briefly at the pristine Wilson bay and continued on our way. Unfortunately, it wasn't long before we were greeted with orange flashing lights and signs telling us to turn around. Due to persistent rain these last few days the road to Glenorchy had been damaged in a landslide and was closed. Sadly our little adventure out of town had come to an end.

    So we headed back to our delightful holiday park and settled in for the afternoon. Jo took full advantage of the extra time in the afternoon to catch up on some sleep (still trying to shake this flu) while James, Jess and Hudson set out for the Queenstown Gondola to the top of the Ben Lomond mountain, and I sort out a good coffee and an almond croissant.

    The Gondola riders returned, Jo woke up from her sleep and I dragged her into town for dinner. After much wandering of the streets we found a cosy place and tucked in to some delicious food. The food culture here is really great, you don't have to go far to find good food. We're pretty sure we've put on even more weight, it's just too good!

    We settled in for the night, ready for what ever tomorrow brings.

    Asher ☺️
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  • Day4

    Separate adventures for 5 days

    April 30 in New Zealand

    The weather has improved! Today Steve and the boys go off on their hunt. Bill is another bloke going with them who turned up through the night or early morning.
    I leave home about 9 am and drive to Arrowtown via the Crown Range Road, it is open today. At the Cardrona Hotel I stop in again for a coffee and monster cheese scone - yum. Then onwards and upwards and then downwards along the Crown Ridge. This is a very spectacular drive, especially now as the autumn leaves and light make the snow caps and blue sky so vivid.
    I stop into Arrowtown as Steve said it's worth a look. It is - pretty little town with 1 street full of shops and cafes done up from the 1800's. After there I head down to Invercargill via the Southern Scenic Route via pretty Lake Hayes, Kingston, Lumsden and Winton. I don't need to go into Queenstown but have a remarkable view of The Remarkables. The section down to Winton is another winding, hilly road following Lake Wakatipu, very pretty. After that it becomes flat farm land.
    I'm a bit early for my accomodation so drive through Invercargill down to Bluff and check out Stirling Point
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  • Day105

    NZ South - Arrowtown

    October 27, 2016 in New Zealand

    Auf unserer Fahrt von Wanaka nach Queenstown machten wir einen Halt in der Vergangenheit 🤔.

    Nein, nicht nur am Zaun der vergangenen/verbrauchten BHs, dieser Zaun mit besonderem Schmuck lag nur auf dem Weg.

    In Arrowtown dagegen spürt man die Zeit der Goldgräber und der ersten Siedler als wäre man in der Zeit zurück gereist. Die Häuserfassaden und die Einkaufsstraße sehen aus, wie auf den alten Fotos (lediglich ein bisschen besser herausgeputzt😊) und am Fluss stehen gruppenweise Menschen in gebückter Haltung, in der Hoffnung doch noch einen kleinen Klumpen Gold zu finden.

    Wir haben hier jedoch eine viel bessere Entdeckung gemacht, das Eis von Patagonia!!! Eine Kugel so groß wie ein Baseball und der hauptsächliche Bestandteil aller Sorten ist Schokolade😋
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  • Day97

    Arrowtown

    December 7, 2016 in New Zealand

    Dann gehts doch weiter. Wir wollen uns noch die ehemalige Gold Town Arrowtown anschauen, gegründet 1862. Hier sind noch etliche Holzhäuser aus der alten Zeit erhalten geblieben. Schön restauriert sind sie nun zumeist Shops, Souvenirläden und Restaurants. An die chinesischen Goldsucher, die sich hier niedergelassen haben, erinnert eine Art Freilichtmuseum. Wir schauen uns kurz um, gönnen uns einen Kaffee und fahren nun endgültig nach Queenstown, denn jetzt fängt es doch an zu regnen.
    Von der quirligen Stadt, die ganz idyllisch am Lake Wakatipu liegt und umgeben ist von den Bergen des Mount Aspiring NP, kriegen wir nicht mehr viel mit. Wegen ganz schlimmen Regens verlassen wir unsere "heimelige" Schlafbuchte nicht mehr, aber wenigsten sitzen wir trocken!
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  • Day9

    Arrowtown

    April 1, 2016 in New Zealand

    Very picturesque ......Im afraid there is no good coffee there.

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