Went to Arrowtown (which is a delightful old goldmining town) and Queenstown (a very beautiful but touristy, outdoor adventure town). Cooler day but fine to travel and show our Guernsey friends a different part of our country. Queenstown was “heaving” with tourists so we agreed that it was a good choice to stay in Wanaka, which is also beautiful but much more peaceful and relaxed.
Drove home via Cromwell which was an old goldmining town but is now a new service town for the recently developed grape growing industry in Central Otago. 20 years ago a new hydroelectric dam was built at Clyde, down a gorge behind where am standing to take this photo, and Old Cromwell is underneath me. Many of the original stores were moved and restored into a very quaint little village on the edge of the lake – well worth a visit if ever in Central Otago.
Overlooking Lake Dunstan at sunset was the most beautiful sight. The dam has definitely enhanced this area – a huge improvement from when I lived in Central 40+ years ago.