Monday, October 26, 2015

A Day in Historic Arrowtown 1

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Our four-day stay in Queenstown in the South Island, New Zealand  includes a free day where we can do whatever looks interesting. So the night before we already agreed to have a short distance bus ride to Arrowtown. It is very near the Arrow River where it got its name. It has a historic background as a gold mining area, and today has a thriving community for tourism. They developed the buildings and structures simulating that of old days, a living historic settlement, which greatly contribute to the beauty of the place. A small community very near the river surrounded by not so tall peaks make it a lovely charming tourist destination. A lot of things can also be done in moderate ways. For example there are several tracks or hiking trails that entail at least 30 min to 6 hours. There is a museum, a gallery, golf course, bars and restaurants, and of course shopping areas. Everything is contained in a small place, everything so close that can be reached by just walking.

I immediately feel the awe the moment i stepped down the bus. And we spent the whole day full of memories, wanting to one day return and try some more hiking tracks.





The museum presents authentic picture  of early Maori life in the Southern Lakes district,
 the conditions of the difficult pioneering days most specially during the gold rush 
era of the mid to late 1800s. The Information Center or 
Tourism Office is also housed here. 

 my sister and I inside the museum


the restaurant, where i had a wonderful lunch

the small place didn't deter it to make a lovely lush pocket garden outside

 because we are so contented in the area the food seem so delicious and special

the clam chowder is too big for my sister's tummy

another restaurant called The Stables, depicting the stables of olden days


clothing and decor store

The Post Office with a fruit stand in front. The generic names of the establishments
 add charm to everything.  The Restaurant, The Museum, The Clothing Store,
The Stables; aren't they cute?

After filling our eyes and our tummies, we sat on the ground and watched the birds.
 There are many species waiting for the pieces of bread we shared from inside our bags.
 All of us were happy. 

Please tune-in for the escapade after feeding the birds.

Nature Notes

Our World Tuesday

Outdoor Wednesday

24 comments:

  1. Hello Andea, Arrowtown looks like a cute place to visit. I like neat shops and restaurants. The birds are nice too. Your lunch looks delicious. Thanks for sharing your tour. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

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    1. Yes Eileen, it now replaced my favorite country which was formerly Sydney. You will enjoy it there because there are lots of birds not seen in the US.

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  2. Really gorgeous. Reminds me of an Alaskan town that thrives by tourism and has kept it's town the way it was in the Klondike Gold Rush days. Your sister lives in NZ?

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    1. Maria, i am encouraging you to visit many places in New Zealand, it is small so you can cover many places in a short time. You will love it too. Yes my sister lives there, she is single and went there by herself.

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  3. Wow, I would have loved visiting New Zealand. It has been on my travel list forever. I doubt I will ever get there though since my travel friend has already been there. You were very fortunate to have had that adventure.

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    1. Hi Donna, i love how you said that "been on my travel list forever", as i also have many places on my list forever, haha. Yes i am very fortunate to be there at a lesser cost, serendipity strikes nicely sometimes.

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  4. Lovely scenery. That chowder looks delicious!

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  5. Looks like a calm and peaceful place. You look relaxed too. :)

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  6. Oh I love arrowtown Did you go to the cottages in the wood where the gold miners lived. The food looks delicious. We must go there next time

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    1. Hi Marja, thanks for your visit. If your favorite is Akeroa, don't know where that is, mine is Arrowtown and Queenstown. Those are what i saw and like. About the gold miners cottages, we were about to look for it but afraid to loose our path so we ended up missing that one. Something the place lacks are proper signs and arrows for the tourists to easily follow.

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  7. That looks like a great day - lots of great stuff to see!

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  8. Looks like a great place to visit and learn at the same time. - Margy

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  9. I'm assuming you were actually in Queenstown (not Queensland, which is in Australia)?
    Arrowtown looks like a great place and that Clam Chowder looks delicious!

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    1. Oh my bad, thank you so much Liz i already corrected the typo error! I wonder why i didn't see that big mistake when i very well know it is Queenstown. Sydney was my first travel outside my country, and it became my favorite in the world. Even after so many cities and countries that followed i changed my favorite now to Queenstown, yes not Queensland, hehe.

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  10. Yes this is the kind of day i would love visiting a historic spit with yummy food.

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  11. Enjoyed the cyber tour and wow...that soup looks delicious!
    JM, IL-U.S.A.

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  12. It sounds like a wonderful tour that you had...I loved NZ, but you know, I never made it to the South Island...the next time maybe.

    Jen

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    1. You must visit it soonest. My sister also hasn't been there if not for me, as she knows i love visiting lovely places. Thanks for dropping by.

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  13. It sounds like a wonderful tour that you had...I loved NZ, but you know, I never made it to the South Island...the next time maybe.

    Jen

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  14. I would love to visit there with my sister. We both love history and good food and it would be a special time. I am glad you and your sister got to spend that time together. I love seeing your beautiful smiling faces too Andrea....Michelle

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    1. Thank you so much Michelle, you are very kind. I seldom show my face on posts even in FB. But this time i posted them as certificate of appearance, haha.

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