Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – New Zealand chapter on Queenstown and Wanaka has to say about the Gibbston Valley:
“Gung-ho visitors to Queenstown might be happiest dangling off a giant rubber band, but as they’re plunging towards the Kawarau River, they’ll be missing out on some of Central Otago’s most interesting winemaking areas just up the road in the stunning Gibbston Valley.
Ask at the Queenstown i-SITE for maps and information about touring the Gibbston Valley. Recent developments in the area include mountain biking and walking trails along the spidery Kawarau River. You could also join a guided wine tour. A fun option is by retro bicycle with Cycle de Vine. Visit www.gibbstonvalley.co.nz for more info about this compact wine-growing area with its own unique microclimate.”
KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
We were so fortunate to find lovely accommodations at the Kinross Winery, as it meant we were just five kilometers from the place where bungy-jumping all started. There wasn’t a chance that we would give it a try, but we’d never actually seen anyone take a death-defying elastic-band leap before, so of course we just had to go and have a look.
The thrill-seekers still jump from the Kawarau Bridge, but a whole Centre has been established for the daredevils and scaredy-cats alike. There’s a pub, a restaurant and the obligatory gift-shop and after I checked out the centre’s website, I see that they have added a zip-line as well now.
Here’s a link to the AJ Hackett Bungy Website:
It was great to watch the first few people jump, especially the 70-year-old woman who was celebrating her birthday, but after a few jumps the ‘thrill was gone’ for us and we decided to move on to Arrowtown and spend the afternoon there.
We were glad that we’d booked our cabin for three nights so that we would have two full days to explore both Arrowtown and Queenstown at a relaxed pace. However, it was clear that there was enough to do in the area to keep visitors busy for much, much longer.