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).
Arrowtown’s 1862 gold rush attracted hopefuls from all over the world. Many of the Chinese miners came from the Guangdong province in Southern China and settled along the banks of the Arrow River. Though they attracted their fair share of xenophobia, the miners endured until the gold petered out.
Most returned home, but a few remained, making a living with market gardens. One of Arrowtown’s oldest residents, now 91, still remembers meeting the last Chinese miner.
Now a picturesque restaurant, the Postmaster’s House has seen a number of reincarnations. Like many wooden buildings of the period, the original Postmaster’s House burned down and this charming phoenix was built in 1907.
Perched on the rise above the main road, the Church of St Thomas the Apostle was blessed and opened for worship on June 7th, 1903. The designer was Francis William Petre, a firm believer in the resurrection of the Gothic style. Petre is better known for his showcase projects—St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Dunedin and the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Christchurch (destroyed in the recent earthquake)—but he took time to dabble in domestic architecture, including the Pinner House in Dunedin.
Garston is New Zealand’s most inland township, a small hamlet tucked between the Eyre Mountains to the west and the Slate Range and Hector Mountains to the east. Sheep and gold were once the mainstays of this glacial valley; now the primary harvest is tourism.