Relax. Take some photos.
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The wife and I needed some time together away and I wanted to shout myself a birthday present so I booked a short stay in Arrowtown with our accommodation being the Settlers Cottage Motel. We had no plans for any particular activities, except that I wanted to take some photos and was hoping there would be some snow about the town. We had actually been through Arrowtown two years earlier with the kids, and it was summer, so an altogher different time. This time around was just meant to be relaxing, eating, sleeping-in and walking leisurely, which is mostly what we did. Arrowtown is quite historic. The main street of the odl town is Buckingham Street. This is where most of the tourists visit.
If after all that eating you need to work off some calories, then feel free to walk and walk and walk around some of the sites of Arrowtown. The information centre has a historical museum and art gallery. There is a historical Chinese settlement nearby that will amaze you at their ingenuity and perserverance to become successful in this arduous and often hostile place for them. The river walk is very pleasant. The crystal clear water has a few swimming holes along the way and a couple of tarzan swings to enjoy. We walked around the town checking out each shop and finding a few bargains on clothes and some gifts. On the edge of town the is the Memorial Lookout near the cemetary, both worth a visit and a few photos.
I did have plans to go up to Wanaka to take a photo of a famous tree in the lake there, but seeing how we didn't bother hiring a car for the week and the cost of a return bus trip for the both of us was ridiculously expensive (I could've hired a car for the week for the same cost) we decided to hire a couple of bikes and go for a country ride, some 25 kilometres. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I do like riding. My wife on the other hand doesn't and the rolling hills and her not-so-fit legs didn't work well together, but she still did it, so good on her.
Because our flight home was quite late, we ended our week by spending the day wandering around Queenstown, only 20 kilometres away. After being dropped off at the airport at Frankton by our lodge owners, we caught a bus into Queenstown and began a lazy explore. We had lovely lunch down by the pier where we noticed the lake cruise on the TSS Earnslaw, a 100-year-old twin screw coal fired steamer. It was a two hour cruise on the very frigid Lake Wakatipu, but it was nice and not overly expensive, but we didn't stay out on the deck for too long, even with our warm clothes on. Back in town we found a little book shop and made some purchases. It's a lovely town by a beautiful lake, with a nice promonade, great scenery and tasty eats, not to mention interesting entertainment by buskers. Queenstown is pretty. Surrounded by amazing scenery. It's is a major centre for snow sports in New Zealand, with people from all over the country and many parts of the world travelling to ski at four main mountain ski fields. It was a good week. Relaxing with great photo oppotunities.