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  • Day98

    Arrowtown

    February 5, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Irgendwann nachts hat es dann aufgehört zu Regnen. Der Wind hatte gedreht von NW (warm) auf S (Antarktis). Und als ich aufwachte, hatte es etwas weiter oben geschneit... Krass.

    Aber die gute Nachricht war, wir konnten weiter. Im Laufe des Vormittags kam dann auch die Sonne und es wurde ein schöner Sommertag. Voll das Kontrastprogramm...

    Um in das Goldgräberstädtchen Macetown zu kommen, musste ich erstmal wieder über einen Sattel, Roses Sattel mit 1270m. Von der Stadt war allerdings nicht mehr viel übrig- ein Haus und ein paar Mauern am Arrowfluss. Dafür gabs am Wegesrand reife Himbeeren 😃

    Dann waren nochmal 5h bis Arrowtown vorhergesagt, die ich zum Glück trotz Verläuferchen in 4h absolvierte. Der Weg ging über den Big Hill und dann parallel zum Fluss. Er war sehr schön angelegt am Hochufer und dann durch Wald.

    Im Arrowtowner Holidaypark gab es nur noch Stellplätze für Zelte. Mir war total entgangen, dass morgen Waitangi Day ist und alle frei haben, inkl. Freitag. Da wird es schwierig mit Quartieren. Ich werd auch gleich für Queentown buchen...

    Zum Abendbrot gab es Salat mit gegrillten Shrimps und ein Bier 😃 Lecker!
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    Birgit WanderLust

    Conni-Motiv 👍

    2/5/20Reply
    Wayfaring Stranger

    Die Strecke bin ich auch schon gelaufen 😊 In 4 Tagen von Wanaka nach Arrowtown. Wunderschön...

    2/12/20Reply
    Wayfaring Stranger

    Motatapu Track 😍👍👍👍

    2/12/20Reply
     
  • Day350

    Es geht wieder los

    July 19, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 5 °C

    Es geht wieder looos auf Reisen!

    Samstag Mittags fahren Josie und ich gemeinsam mit dem Bus nach Auckland. Hier brauchen wir über eine Stunde um aus Whangarei herauszukommen, da mehrere Straßen, aufgrund des starken Regens der letzten beiden Tage, gesperrt sind.
    In Auckland treffen wir uns abends noch mit Delyna zum Essen und verbringen den Rest des Abends mit dem Planen unserer Reise im Hostel.

    Sonntags werden wir bereits um halb 6 aus den Federn geworfen, da unser Flieger bereits um 8:20 geht. Unsere Zeit Planung geht optimal auf, wir verlassen das Hostel pünktlich, stehen an der richtigen Bushaltestelle und sind schließlich 1 1/2h vor Abflug am Flughafen. Auf dem Weg treffen wir noch ein weiteres deutsches AuPair (unglaublich wieviele Deutsche immernoch in Neuseeland sind).
    Am Flughafen frühstücken wir noch und begeben uns dann zum Gate. Hier müssen wir dann feststellen, dass ich vergessen habe mein Taschenmesser mit in den Koffer zu tun (Papa das ist deine Schuld, weil du immer sagst, ich soll mein Messer überall dabei haben!). Also muss ich mein Taschenmesser per Post wieder zurück nach Whangarei senden. Die Security wollte es leider nicht durchgehen lassen.

    In Queenstown angekommen klären wir noch schnell mit der Autovermietung ab, dass wir unser Auto früher abholen dürfen - alles gar kein Problem.
    Dann müssen wir aber gefühlte Ewigkeiten auf das Shuttle warten und bis wir schließlich in unserem süßen kleinen Mietauto sitzen ist es dann auch 12 Uhr. Beim Warten führen wir dafür noch interessante Gespräche mit anderen Reisenden, zwei von diesen schenken uns sogar ein Polaroid Bild. Die Neuseeländer sind einfach alle supernett!

    Kurzfristig entscheiden wir uns dazu, bevor wir ins Hotel fahren noch einen Abstecher zum Lake Hayes und nach Arrowtown zu machen. Der Lake Hayes ist wohl der meistfotografierteste See Neuseelands. Wir haben supergutes Wetter und so sehen auch wir die wunderschöne Spiegelung der Berge im See.
    In Arrowtown brauchen wir nicht lange nach dem Winterwonderland zu suchen. Eisblumen bilden hier im Schatten eine wunderschöne Winterlandschaft, welche sich für Juli total surreal anfühlt. Auch die Kälte passt absolut nicht zur Jahreszeit. Wir kommen total in Weihnachtsstimmung.
    Meine Sorge, nicht genug warme Klamotten zu haben erweist sich aber als unnötig denn der Zwiebellook hält uns warm!

    Anschließend fahren wir dann ins Hotel. Jep Josie und ich kommen in Queenstown tatsächlich im Hotel unter. Unsere Freundin Camila arbeitet hier an der Rezeption und hat uns somit einen super Deal machen können.

    Wir legen kurz unsere Sachen im Hotel ab und machen uns dann aber auch schnell wieder auf den Weg, da wir den heutigen Tag noch so gut wie möglich ausnutzen wollen. Das Wetter die nächsten Tage ist leider nicht so gut angesagt.
    Wir fahren also mit der Gondel hoch zur Skyline Queenstown. Die Aussicht ist einfach wunderschön!! Wir laufen außerdem einen Teil des Ben Lomond Tracks. Diese Wanderung steht definitiv noch auf meiner Bucketliste für den nächsten Neuseelandbesuch.

    Anschließend holen wir Camila nach ihrer Schicht ab und fahren dann wieder in die Stadt, wo sie uns ihre persönlichen Lieblingsbars und Pubs zeigt. Leider sind wir etwas zu früh dran zum Feiern, haben aber trotzdem einen tollen Abend. Nach Queenstown muss ich definitiv noch einmal zum Feiern wiederkommen!
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    Peter H.

    Ich hab immer gesagt das auch gustav sein messer abgeben musste

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  • Day90

    We took the High Road to Queenstown

    March 9, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    We met a father and son from London, Ontario, who told us that there were two roads from Wanaka to Queenstown - a high road and a low road through a valley. They suggested the high road as it had wonderful views. So that’s what we did - we took the high road - the Crown Range Road.

    The road starts out fairly straight and flat as it follows a river and goes through pastures with hundreds of sheep. Then the mountains begin. Golden mountains without a single tree on them! Just yellow grasses and a few low bushes. I think that maybe the hard rock is too close to the surface for trees to grow on it.

    We came upon a very strange sight so stopped to take a photo. There was a long fence covered in women’s bras!!! At some point between 1998 and 1999, passers-by began to attach bras to a rural fence. The fence gradually became a well known site as the number of bras grew to hundreds. But some people were offended and stripped the fence of the bras. Other people came and put more and more bras on the fence. It has had a bumpy history. Now there is a pink sign and box for donations for breast cancer and the collection grows.

    Right across the street from Bradrona, there is a historic building. The Cardrona Hotel was built in 1863 and it is one of NZ’s oldest and most iconic hotels. Once it was a “retreat for old miners to rest their weary heads”. Now it is a lovely 17 room hotel used by wintertime skiiers and summertime wedding guests. Money lines the ceiling of the lounge. They also serve great coffee so we ordered 2 flat whites and a in the garden.

    Moving on, we stopped at a viewpoint on the highest point on the road. We could see Queenstown in the distance. Quite the view! A trail continued even higher so of course my mountain goat husband was chomping at the bit to walk even higher. Not me...I went about halfway, then put my jacket down, sat on it, took out the binoculars and enjoyed the views while he marched on. Enough mountain climbing for me. He returned in an hour with some great photos though.

    Another viewpoint took us out on a narrow trail on a ridge with drop offs on either side. A nice lady offered to take our photo.

    A little further, we saw a corrugated metal flag fence. A Canadian flag was there.

    Finally, we arrived in Queenstown, a tourist zoo. Not our cup of tea. We got out of there as fast as we could and headed to Arrowtown where we are staying.
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    Karen Horan

    Beautiful landscape!

    3/10/20Reply
    Ladyandtramp

    The whole country has ‘wow’ landscapes! Today, I gave up taking photos. Around each corner there was something new.

    3/11/20Reply
     
  • Day90

    Arrowtown, Where History Meets Nature

    March 9, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    When planning our trip, Queenstown seemed to always come up as New Zealand’s #1 destination spot so we wanted to see what all the fuss was about. But as I searched for places to stay, I had trouble finding a place that was in our price range. Sometimes, I find better and more economical choices outside of a hot spot so I looked further afield and found a place in a gem of a town, 29 minutes away from busy Queenstown, called Arrowtown.

    Arrowtown is a quaint heritage village surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. The Main Street is made up of a row of historic buildings which lead to a tree-lined street and a row of 19th century miners’ cottages. The town started during an 1869s rush for gold in the Arrow River. Fifteen hundred miners worked here, including many Chinese, who built a separate village by the river.

    The remains of the Chinese settlement are located on the outskirts of Arrowtown and we were free to walk through the area and read fascinating information boards. Most 19th century Chinese miners were poorly welcomed and treated badly by European settlers so they lived away from the main town in a collection of very crude huts. They made their little homes out of whatever they could find. There was a social hut in the centre plus a couple of supply/grocery stores and some gardens so, in effect, it was their own self-sufficient community.

    While viewing the ramshackle huts, it made us think of the hard work and harsh conditions that the Chinese workers had to endure. Who would want to live in those tiny shacks...Throughout Arrowtown’s downtown, there were many old photos of the settlement. The men looked pretty ragged and there were no women in any of the photos. Pretty basic lifestyle.

    From the town, there is a lovely walk called the Arrowtown Anniversary Walk that goes by old gold digging sites and a Lord of the Rings trilogy location. We walked on a section of it by the river.

    The Museum was a must do for us so we made sure that we visited it. It is housed in the former bank and gives a lot of information about the town and the type of mining that they did here - mainly panning for gold. Downstairs, there were excellent displays showing life in a gold rush town. Upstairs there was a wonderful modern-day fibre arts exhibit.

    We really enjoyed walking in and around the town. Two nights wasn’t enough though, as there are so many places to explore and wonderful trails that we would have liked to have tried out.

    So happy that we ended up here and not in touristy Queenstown!
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    Michelle Bertucci

    Some great photos.

    3/11/20Reply
    Ladyandtramp

    Thanks Michelle! Today I gave up on photos. The drive to Te Anau was so beautiful, I couldn’t keep up! Are you home?

    3/11/20Reply
    Michelle Bertucci

    Yes I'm home, missing my adventures in New Zealand but enjoying seeing your pictures. I missed all this in Arrowtwn, I passed through but didn't see the history which is a shame.

    3/11/20Reply
     
  • Day37

    24-11 Arrowtown

    November 24, 2018 in New Zealand

    Yeah, Crown Range over! Aldoor fijn stroomop,alleen de laatste kilometers waren zwaar. Maar wel alles gefietst, incl. stukjes van meer dan 10%. Ha!
    Veel gegiechel van Murphy (regenpak aan: droog, en vice versa) zodat ik uiteindelijk met mijn fietsbroek, lang shirt én waterdichte sokken naar de pas fiets. Ziet er niet uit, maar was precies warm genoeg.
    Zodra de tent staat houdt het op met zachtjes regenen. Ik doe een spelletje, douche en vertrek in regenpak voor een wandeling langs een afgesloten wandelpad (?) naar historisch Arrowtown. De Lord of the Rings site herken ik niet, het Chinese dorp is vooral een serie uitleg-borden. De hoofdstraat is tof. Ik ga uit eten en doe niet de goedkoopste fish en chips, maar een leuke tent. Het is zalig..
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    Barbara de Groot

    Toch goed getimed.... Ik blijf je echt zoooo stoer vinden! Door alles wat je meemaakt wel gewoon door gaan, ik weet dat het voor ons er als ‘gewoon’ uitziet en dat het soms waarschijnlijk veel moeite kost. Daarom stoer💪🦵🤜. Kus 😘

    11/24/18Reply
    Astrid van der Zouwen

    Da's lief. Het is ook leuk. Als ik het echt niet (meer) leuk zou vinden mag ik nl. ophouden van mezelf. Kus terug. 😘

    11/24/18Reply
    Edo en Ilse

    Deze post heb je op Noordereiland 'geboekt', maakt niet veel uit maar je reisroute is nu wel bijzonder 😃 E.

    11/24/18Reply
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  • Dec31

    New Year's Eve

    December 31, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Happy New Year! 🥳🥂
    We spent New Years at our wwoofing place with Jörg, Nadine, Aya, Nori, Tony and Fleur. We made pizza in the new pizza oven, watched Dinner for One, played games and had lots of drinks and fun.Read more

  • Day17

    Arrowtown

    February 10, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    This is a sweet little mining town with a great museum apparently. It would probably be possible to spend a couple of hours here but Florence was overtired and cranky so we gave up. We did buy some fruit at a fruit stall on the main street and Florence devoured the cherries - pits and all.Read more

  • Day52

    Arrow River and Arrowtown

    January 21, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Relaxed morning for me. No stress to check out in time or anything booked or planned that I would need to leave early today.

    During breakfast, I decided that I drive to Arrowtown, to a parking place a little bit outside the town, and then walk alongside the Arrow River to the town center. It was a nice and easy walk. They were even filming a part of Lord of the Rings here by the river. It is supposed to be the place you see on the 3. and 4. picture.
    It is the scene where Awen with Frodo is haunted by the Nazgul and passing over the river.
    But not the part where the river washed the Nazgul, that was filmed in another place.

    From the river or was only a short walk to an old Chinese settlement. I took a look around here as well and then went to the town. Cute little town it is! Nice old buildings with a lot of nice shops, I really like the Remarkable Sweet Shop where you can buy the best fudge in the world. And you can even taste them all for free!!! They are all so good! It was really hard to choose which one to buy 🙈😂
    I was, in the end, ending up with the Sour Fudge and the White Chocolate Raspberry Ripple.
    I could buy then all, but they are not so cheap so I go with these two flavors I liked the most. 😊
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  • Day7

    Arrowtown Adventures, Landslides & Naps

    July 7, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 7 °C

    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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    Travel Adventures

    Love the library story 😊❤️

    7/8/18Reply
    Fiona Carroll

    💕

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    Fiona Carroll

    😍

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  • Day53

    Gibbston Valley Canyoning

    January 22, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    The weather today doesn’t look so good. It’s really cloudy and at first, it was not looking like this will change at anytime soon.
    Shortly before 10 am I left the cottage to drive to Queenstown.
    I want to explore the city today.
    I was really lucky to actually find a free place to park my car that is also not costing anything and still quite close to the city center.
    So it was only a short walk beside the lake to the city center.
    And even the weather got nice now, not as warm as the last couple of days, but warm enough!
    Queenstown has a lot to offer. Many restaurants, pubs, shops and even more tour operators.
    It is a real challenge for me to stay strong here and don’t start to book tours like hell. There is so much you can do around Queenstown, some many things that I really like to do 🙈😬
    I went to buy some fudges for my friends as a little thank you for letting me stay at their cottage for free. Then I was really feeling for a pie, and I found a really good one that was actually not as expensive as expected. So I could really enjoy this one.
    Normally I wanted to eat one of the extremely famous Ferg Burgers, but I was just not hungry enough for one of their big burgers, but they looked really good and there are always a lot of people standing in a line, waiting to get their burger 😳

    For the afternoon I had booked a Canyoning trip, that I found for a really good price online.
    I was actually a little bit worried, that this one might be to easy because it sounded very easy on the website.
    We got picked up in the middle of Queenstown. I got teamed up with a family from Switzerland, that now lives in Nelson and a couple from India.
    After a short briefing, we left Queenstown to drive to the Gibbston Valley. It took around 35 minutes to drive here. We got our equipment from the guides and started to get changed, I was definitely ending up in the slow group as the other group was leaving at least 15 minutes before us.
    When everyone was ready we walked down to a little creek for some safety instructions and a little rope training. And then we started to walk to the canyon. We followed the creek for around 10 minutes and then had to climb down in the canyon.

    This canyon is totally different from the other canyons I have been into so far. It is partly very narrow, like 50cm I guess.
    It was a lot of climbing this time, sadly no jumps but some really good slides that made up for this.
    The water temperature is around 12 degrees we guessed, definitely not too cold so that is nice.

    We were moving quite slowly through the canyon as the couple from India were very insecure and also no swimmers, so they needed an extra hand a few times to get through everything, but they were really trying and doing all stuff.
    So we were a really good team! 💪🏼
    After a big slide the guide, Ross is his name, took the two children and told them to lay down on their back in the water. He then pushed them with the head first under the waterfall, or the former slide, so the water was pushing them down and they came up a few seconds later again. That looked really funny and in the end, everyone was doing it, even the couple from India was doing it as well! Really cool from them, as they can’t swim!

    At the end of the trip, we had to abseil down a waterfall. That was not so easy as the rocks were extremely slippy, but we all came down.
    Unfortunately, the trip came to an end here. We had around 15 minutes to walk back to the bus, where we got changed into our normal clothes and then drove back to Queenstown. We were supposed to be back in Queenstown at 6 pm but we were running late and were back in Queenstown around 6.45 or so.
    Together as a team, we convinced Ross to sell us the photos for a good price. Normally it’s 30$ pp but we got them all together for 30$ so we had to pay only 10$ each, the family and couple counts of coarse as one 😉
    Nice!

    After that, I rushed back to my car and left Queenstown as I was invited for dinner with Vicky and Jeremy.
    So I stopped only fast at the Cottage to hang up my wet stuff and get changed and then followed the road to their house.
    They have built themselves a really nice home and the food was sooo good and it was so nice to spend some hours with them.
    I gonna miss this place! It’s like a little paradise and their dog Lilly is so lovely and always happy, just like Snoopy! ❤️
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