Queenstown to Cromwell and Wanaka

We left Queenstown a bit later this morning, since I wanted a bit of a sleep-in. Our first destination today was Arrowtown. I remember coming here 10 years ago and it hasn’t changed much since, though I can’t say I remember the Chinese Settlement, so perhaps it’s new…or we just didn’t see that part then. It was interesting to see it this time in any case.

Chinese Settlement Arrowtown

Chinese Settlement Arrowtown

Chinese Settlement Arrowtown

We then wandered through the rest of the old part of town for a little while and I took a photo (or two dozen). There was a sign for Blue Moon, that I really liked. It had half a chandelier stuck to it! It’s not a picture – it’s an actual chandelier! We had some coffee and cake – gluten free pistachio and lime cake – delicious! Then we looked at the last couple of buildings on the street and headed back to the car and onwards.

Arrowtown

Arrowtown

Arrowtown

Arrowtown

Arrowtown

Arrowtown

Arrowtown

Arrowtown

Arrowtown

Arrowtown

Arrowtown

We went up the Crown road towards Wanaka as far as the Lookout. It was quite overcast at this stage and the clouds were hanging low, so I didn’t bother with a photo – the views are quite similar to Coronet Peaks yesterday. The weather also decided me against taking that road to Wanaka. This turned out to be a good call, because there were other things along the road that we would have missed…

Next stop was the Bungy jumping origin on Kawarau River in the Gibbston Valley. Apparently, they’ve been doing this here for the last 25 years! They’ve got quite the tourist centre here. I took some pictures of one lady doing the jump, and later we watched a little girl jump, from the monitors in the building.

Bungy jumping on the Kawarau River in Gibbston Valley

Bungy jumping on the Kawarau River in Gibbston Valley

Bungy jumping on the Kawarau River in Gibbston Valley

Bungy jumping on the Kawarau River in Gibbston Valley

We continued on down the road for just a little bit to the Gibbston Valley Winery and Cheesery. This cheesery was a lot more expensive than the one near Akaroa, but we bought some sheep’s milk cheese anyway. It was quite nice in the tasting.

Just a little further on was the Kawarau River Lookout with an old power station. Apparently it was called Wild Meg.

Kawarau River Lookout

Next up was an old gold field shantytown – Kawarau Gorge Minefield. It was mainly a restaurant and winery, with a goldmine museum attached. We didn’t go into the museum, though we had lunch (our own) looking across the gorge to the shantytown.

Kawarau Gorge Mining Centre

Kawarau Gorge Mining Centre

Kawarau Gorge Mining Centre

Kawarau Gorge Mining Centre

Kawarau Gorge Mining Centre

Kawarau Gorge Mining Centre

We continued down to Cromwell for some more historic buildings. It was a lovely setting on the lake.

Cromwell Old Town

Cromwell Old Town

Cromwell Old Town

Cromwell Old Town

Cromwell Old Town

Cromwell Old Town

Cromwell Old Town

Next stop was at a cidery and fruit barn. We bought some bananas for our morning tea tomorrow and had a bit of a taste of the local cider (didn’t like enough to buy) and some limoncella, which was delicious, but too expensive to buy.

Last stop for the day was at Puzzling World at Wanaka. This was a lot of fun and quite interesting. The mind does weird stuff to try to make sense of the world. The leaning tower, sliding down an uphill slope, the hologram that follows you around, the room with concave faces that appear to be convex and also follow you around (especially if you close one eye) wherever you move. Amazing stuff.

Puzzling World at Wanaka

Puzzling World at Wanaka

Puzzling World at Wanaka

Puzzling World at Wanaka

Puzzling World at Wanaka

Puzzling World at Wanaka

And the room that makes you look like a giant at one end and a hobbit at the other (so that’s how Peter Jackson did it!!!). Some of the pictures are really interesting too, depending on how you look at them.

Puzzling World at Wanaka

Puzzling World at Wanaka

Puzzling World at Wanaka

Puzzling World at Wanaka

The crate that’s open or closed depending on perspective, or the ‘floating’ ball. The bannister continues to look like two old men looking at each other now! The knitted Einstein poster that looks like Einstein from the side, but just stripes from front on.

Puzzling World at Wanaka

Puzzling World at Wanaka

Puzzling World at Wanaka

Puzzling World at Wanaka

Puzzling World at Wanaka

Puzzling World at Wanaka - "Optical Illusion"

Puzzling World at Wanaka - Knitted Albert Einstein/Stripes

Puzzling World at Wanaka

Last thing we did was the maze. You’re supposed to go to each of the four towers on the four corners and then back to the middle and out. We managed one tower and then gave up and used the emergency exit to get out, because our feet were hurting already!

Puzzling World at Wanaka - The Maze

We checked in to our Wyndham Resort accommodation. It’s very nice. We had dinner at the cafe (meat pizza – yum) so that we could have a beer and then get in the hot tub. Fantastic! So relaxing! Only bad thing about here is that there’s no free WiFi again. So hopefully, I can post tomorrow!

Reworked and larger sized pictures from this day are here. Click on the first picture and then move through them at full screen size.

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