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Oct 21, 2017 - Biking!

A bunch more scenic stops today. But we also did some mountain biking thru Arrowtown. It was fun. No guide, just a map. Got some good speed during some of the downhill parts, but there were sometimes it was quite tut challenge going uphill. We all finished and watched some bungee jumpers leap over the canyon. Still don't know if i could do it. We loaded up onto the bus and drove to our last hotel on tour. The place reminded me of the hotel from the movie 'The Shining'. Super creepy at night. But we had our last dinner together and sat...

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Mar 1, 2015 - Arrowtown

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – New Zealand chapter on Queenstown and Wanaka has to say about Arrowtown: “Beloved by day-trippers from Queenstown, exceedingly quaint Arrowtown sprang up in the 1860s following the discovery of gold in the Arrow River. Today the town retains more than 60 of its original wooden and stone buildings, and has pretty, tree-lined avenues, excellent galleries and an expanding array of fashionable shopping opportunities. The only gold being flaunted these days is on credit cards, and...

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Mar 8, 2014 - DAY 13: Doubtful Sound to Arrowtown

Woke at 2.30am and looked out of the cabin window to see a shoal of barracuda (many about 1m long) swimming alongside (and often leaping) only a few feet below in the dim glow of this ship's running lights - pure magic! The help-yourself buffet breakfast was again amazing (far better than most hotels we've ever experienced). By this time we'd already been under way for nearly an hour though, bound for the Hall Arm. Once there, Carol engineered a unique opportunity for us all to experience a few moments of pure tranquility - as we approached...

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Oct 26, 2013 - Arrowtown & Winery

Sat., Oct. 26th Kia Ora! That’s like saying “Aloha” – it can mean many things, but most frequently, Good day! And it was a good day, although again drizzly and wet. We don't have many photos for you to see, because of all the rain. But it was a fun, fun day even so. We boarded the coach for a short run up to Arrowtown, seat of the gold rush of 1862. We were scheduled for a walking tour, but instead viewed the miners’ cute little cottages of stacked schist stone from the bus. 30% of the town are the original buildings. We saw the Chinese...

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Shinns Down Under

Aug 18, 2008 - Arrowtown

Got the 10am bus to Arrowtown, an hours senic journey. Was nice here quite quaint in town but lovley setting and nice atmosphere. Was snowing, again! Started off by going to the chinese settlement, tiny little huts wehre some chinese gold miners lived. Then up to couple of art gallerys, First one i walked in and this woman who turned out to be teh artist Christine came rushing in behind me from her house to put the lights on and start teh fire, nice of her! She talked to me for at least an hour! So many little random working studios come...

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Gems Wanderings 2008

Dec 29, 2007 - Arrowtown, NZ

We woke up early this morning (7am) to make our 9am tee time at New Zealand's most famous golf course, Millbrook. It is in a town called Arrowhead which is right next to Queenstown. We arrived at the club house and were fitted with some top notch clubs (Taylor Made) and all the necessary accessories for our morning golf outing. Once fitted it was off to the range to get warmed up and get Lauren back in the groove as it has been 3 months since she has played. After looking for the range for about 15 minutes we finally found it - it was vast...

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Jul 10, 2007 - Arrowtown

It was the 10th that we packed up and set off with a plan to stop off in Wanaka for the night. Along the way we stopped off for a coffee and sandwich in Queenstown and then took the road up through the very pretty town of Arrowtown. The town is so nice with tree lined streets and little homely looking shops and one or two pubs. after a nice little tour of the place we headed off in the direction of Wanaka.

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Nov 15, 2006 - Arrowtown, New Zealand

Still on a high after our skydive, we set off on the road to Queenstown. En route, we stopped in Arrowtown, a quaint old gold mining village. It has retained many of its original buildings since the town evolved as a base for mining during the gold rush in the 1860's. One house in particular "Dudley's Cottage" which was up for sale looked like it could have been plucked from the west of Ireland. After a stroll down by the river, we had lunch and continued on the road to Queenstown.

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Apr 21, 2006 - Arrowtown's Autumn Festival

From the thrills and spills of Queenstown, we headed north to Arrowtown, "site of the richest sources of alluvial gold in the world". Back in the 1860s, this little town had a massive gold rush. Gold attracted many to the entire west coast in hopes of striking it rich. We were really lucky to be here when we were because the town was celebrating its annual Arrowtown Autumn Festival. You couldn't have imagined a more picturesque setting with all of its original shops and cottages surrounded by autumn leaves falling from the trees. The town...

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Jun 22, 2005 - Wanaka

We drove on from Arrowtown along the Cardrona road which took us up some devilishly steep and narrow mountain roads with 4x4's haring past us every few minutes (they are fearless drivers in their tanks). Unfortunately we have a bond on our insurance and a strong sense of our own mortality and two wheel drive so we took it pretty easy. We passed by the Cardrona ski fields and saw with our own eyes that there is hardly any snow and are extremely grateful that we hadn't splashed out for a ski trip to anywhere in this area. It would have been...

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Apr 4, 2005 - Fox Glacier, Haast Pass en Wanaka

Weer kloten geslapen! Om 02:45 gaat er in het dorp een sirene af. Zo'n eerste-maandag-van-de-maand-alarm bij ons in NL. En dan 5 minuten lang! Nou en dan de slaap weer vatten.... 's Morgens vraag ik de beheerder van de camping waar dat voor was/is. Och, waarschijnlijk een brandje of een auto-ongeluk... Moeten ze daar de hele gemeenschap, inclusief toeristen voor wekken?? We gaan op tijd (09:00) rijden. We hebben een lange rit gepland en het weer lijkt niet al te best. We rijden niet naar Lake Matherson, het is te bewolkt. We pakken nog wek...

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Mar 27, 2005 - Day 23

At last, some fine weather after two rather dull and wet days. As you can guess it was another early start. Our journey continued northwards towards Wanaka. We decided to take a sllightly different road to this town using a high mountain pass (Crown Range Road)with VERY tight bends! What a fantastic view we had when the summit was reached - we also had the benefit of cloudless skies and warm weather. Arrival at the campsite in Wanaka was a little earlier than normal. We were given one of the best plots on the site overlooking Lake Wanaka...

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