It is a comparatively short drive to Queenstown from Te Anau – about 2.5 hours – so we had time to visit Arrowtown on the way.

Arrowtown is an old gold mining town with an interesting preserved Chinese Settlement area where the Chinese immigrant miners set up camp.  There is a little museum in the town which was an interesting place to pass an hour or two,

 

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Queenstown Waterfront
Queenstown has a lovely setting, backed by the Remarkables mountains and bordered by Lake Wakatipu.  It is a town for adrenalin seekers.  Even the cable car has both a luge and a mountain bike descent option.  The first bungy jump happened here and A.J.  Hackett is still in business with a big centre in town.  There have been 2 million successful bungy jumps since 1986.  It makes you wonder what the definition of an unsuccessful bungy jump is?!  You feel as though you should add to the numbers while you are here, but a look at film shows of people bungy jumping was enough to put me right off.  We decided to save $205 and NOT to bungy.

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