Paddy & Leigh's Escape Down Under travel blog

Arrowtown Chinese community hut

View from the AirBnB


TSS Earnslaw

Very dramatic clouds at 6am!

I have my hand in a bull's mouth!

View from the top of the cable car

View from the top of the cable car

Lake Wakatipu looking towards Glenorchy

Headed off to Queenstown on 29th Jan via Arrowtown and Glenorchy. Arrowtown is an historic gold mining town which was settled by mostly Chinese. There is a reconstructed 1860s community which was worth a wander around. Glenorchy is the other side of Queenstown but the AirBnB wasn't ready so we decided to drive straight through. Great scenery on the way but not much there to report.

Another great AirBnB with the best views yet! The weather so far has been fantastic but it looked like it was going to turn so booked a flight over Milford Sound and a cruise for the next day. We were advised to go early to avoid the weather front so we were up at 6am the next day only to have the flight cancelled at the last minute. Much unhappiness ensued! Not to be put off by the weather we decided to do the Lake Wakatipu cruise on the TSS Earnslaw (a 1912 coal-fired steam ferry). As it happened, the cruise included a tour of a farm on the other side of the lake which included sheep-shearing and a display of sheep-dog skills. Very good.

We spent the rest of the day wandering around Queenstown. We eventually ended up going up the cable car to see the views over the town which were spectacular. All-in-all a good day despite the disappointment. Hopefully we will get to Milford Sound as part of our next stop, Te Anau (pronounced 'tee are now' - just for Leigh!) but the weather is definitely looking dodgy.

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