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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Day 21 - Tuesday 26th June - Queenstown to Lake Wanaka

We woke to a covering of very slushy snow this morning which soon melted once the sun appeared.

Firstly we drove from Queenstown to Arrowtown where there is a big history of gold mining. Apparently gold is still occasionally found in the River Arrow, which set Luke off on a gold hunt again!! Here we didn't find any gold on our snowy walk along the river but we did see the one of the film locations for the "Ford of Bruinen" from Lord of the Rings.

A Routemaster bus in Arrowtown

Enjoying the snow in Arrowtown

Arrow River, Arrowtown - "Ford of Bruinen"

The ford being used across the River Arrow

River Arrow
 Onwards we travelled through the Kawarau River Gorge which has a lot of film locations for the "River Anduin". We also passed the suspension bridge where the first bungy jump happened, we were not tempted to pay the NZ$180 for the privilege off jumping off a bridge ourselves!!!

Kawarau River Gorge

Suspension Bridge where the first Bungy happened

Our next stop was an old disused gold mine where they did tours and a lesson on panning for gold. We did have a go at the panning and found one small spec of gold as well as a rock which looks as it contains a sprinkling too. Not enough to make us rich yet though!!

River Kawarau near gold mines

Old gold mines

Our guides piece of gold

We then drove straight to Lake Wanaka where we will enjoy our day tomorrow :)


  1. I loved it! The weather should be nice. In Brazil, the place it seems that this is in the South.


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