Central Otago

The first day we spent in Arrowtown, which has some gold mining history and looks like out of an American western movie. The weather cleared up, it’s sunny and nice – I think the bad weather they had all summer might be over-ish. Good conditions for a day of hiking. We did the Sawpit Loop and then climbed up towards the “Big Hill”. It was such a pleasant day, with nice trails, stunning scenery and cool views.

The day after we spent around Cromwell, went to a ghost town that also was established in the late 1800s due to the gold rush. After all the gold has been mined, people left the place and today you can see the ruins. The area is not only known for its gold mining history but also for its great wine locations. There are lots of wineries and we checked out two of them and tried lots of wines and cheeses. They have good Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blancs and Riesling (and maybe more but those ones I tried).

The time here in New Zealand flow by quite fast and Ryan is about to leave in two days. So we booked us a nice place near Queenstown, with spectacular mountain and river views, a spa and an in house cinema. That’s basically how we spent those days and I wish Ryan didn’t have to leave and would just go one traveling with me….

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