Lord of the Rings fans might better recognize the Maniototo as Rohan, the land of the Rohirrim. The Otago Central Rail Trail bisects much of this dry, dramatic region, with various pit stops at pubs and historic hotels along the way.
If you’re traveling through the Kawarau Gorge to Queenstown or Cromwell, take time to stop at The Winehouse & Kitchen near the Bungy Jump. Friendly service, unobstructed views of the Bridal Falls and secret gardens await. Not to mention exquisite food…
The mighty Kawarau river connects Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown to Lake Dunstan in Cromwell. Like the shady ladies who only hint at what lies beneath, the Kawarau reveals just a touch of glacial silt and snow-melt in its beautiful turquoise color.
From the rocky heights of the Kawarau Gorge, a bewigged judge (on the right) issues instructions to a cowering jury (on the left).