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|
|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 :)