Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Continue the Journey to Arrowtown and Wanaka from Queenstown (Day 8)

In the morning, I drove the car to Queenstown inner city and around Lake Wakatipu.

I parked the car at lakeside, so that Yen and I could take more photos of the picturesque Lake Wakatipu and surrounded area. The sceneries were so marvellous!

The sky was clear and the air was so fresh. In addition, we appreciated the calming and relaxing atmosphere…

There’re more scenic landscapes along the way driving from Queenstown to Arrowtown.

It took less than half an hour before we stopped off Arrowtown on the journey to Wanaka. Set in the region of Otago, Arrowtown in the past is popular as gold mining town that attracted the European and Chinese miners.

Today, this little town becomes a holiday attraction and recreational destination for locals and international visitors. It’s a prestige to the locals when some series of the movie ‘Lord of the Rings’ were taken in and around Arrowtown.

Simply take a relaxing walk and you’ll be amazed by the unique ambiance in Arrowtown. My friend loved the surroundings especially those 2 rows of tall trees along the street.

We visited the fascinating history of early settlement - Arrowtown Chinese Settlement. We entered the preserved old structure Ah Lum’s Store and reflected their living in the past.

Chinese settlement in Arrowtown

The outlook of Ah Lum's Store

Walking along the main street, Buckingham Street, I found the attractive Remarkable Sweet Shop. We continued our journey after I bought some sweets from the shop.

Sweet Remarkable Shop
We stopped off again and wanted a sightseeing of bungy jumping from the bridge over Kawarau River.  This Kawarau Bridge Bungy is distinguished as first commercial bungy site in the world.

In truth, bungy jumping was the thing I wish to do all along while in New Zealand. However, the cold weather depressed me and held me back at that moment. Be honest, it's quite scary seeing the people jumping from 43m high. Anyway, I did it later in Taupo, North Island.

Took a deep breath, we got back to the car and I continued to drive to Wanaka.