Spring trip – Arrowtown to Geraldine

In late September 2015, we spent a few days skiing and sight-seeing in Otago, the Mackenzie Country and South Canterbury.  On our travels I photographed some of the scenery from Arrowtown to Geraldine.

Follow the red line north (click once to enlarge)

Follow the red line north (click map once to enlarge)

 

Arrowtown from Tobin's Track

Arrowtown from Tobin’s Track

Nestled by the Arrow River, Arrowtown was the scene of gold mining in the 1800’s.

Approaching Arrowtown

Approaching Arrowtown

 

Part of the preserved Chinese gold miners' settlement by the Arrow River, using schist outcrops

Part of the preserved Chinese gold miners’ settlement by the Arrow River, using local schist rock

 

The Arrow River, from which the miners panned for gold

The Arrow River, from which the miners panned for gold

 

The Postman's Residence in the main street of Arrowtown

The Postman’s Residence, Arrowtown

The Postman’s Residence was built in the 1860’s and is one of the preserved historic buildings in the main street.   It now functions as a restaurant.

 

The Waikatipu Basin from Coronet Ski Field

The Wakatipu Basin from  the foot of Coronet Ski Field, hang gliders in the foreground

 

Paraglider with the Remarkables Ski Field beyond

Paraglider with the Remarkables Ski Field beyond, taken from Coronet Ski Field

 

Looking up at Coronet Ski Field from

Looking at the northern side Coronet Ski Field from Lake Hayes, most of the field out of sight on the left

 

Cardrona Hotel on the Crown Range Road

Cardrona Hotel on the Crown Range Road

Built in the 1860’s during the goldrush in the Cardrona Valley, the Cardrona Hotel was on of the four hotels in the township at that time.  By the 1890’s it was one of only a handful of buildings left, as the quest for gold moved to other areas.  From 1926 to 1961 it was owned by local legend James Patterson, who took his publican role seriously by controlling the amount patrons could drink.  Travellers over the treacherous Crown Range were allowed only one drink, while travellers the other way to Wanaka were allowed two.  In 2002 the hotel underwent considerable refurbishment and extension.  It is a heritage listed building and is a popular watering hole for travellers over the Crown Range.

Click here to see the hotel in its early days.

Cardrona School House

Cardrona Community Hall

Built in 1879 as a school house, for many years it was the largest school in the Wanaka district.  Children would walk or ride for long distances to attend the school, leaving their ponies in the nearby paddock during school hours.  It operated until 1954 when dwindling numbers caused its closure.  Now it is used to host meetings, parties, weddings and musical events.

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Lindis Pass

Lindis Pass, looking north towards the Mackenzie Country

 

Ohau Ski Field with Lake Ohau below

Ohau Ski Field with Lake Ohau below

 

Aoraki Mt Cook from beside Lake Pukaki on the Tekapo-Twizel Raod

Aoraki Mt Cook as seen from beside Lake Pukaki on the Twizel-Tekapo Road

 

Pleasant Valley Daffodil Farm

Pleasant Valley Daffodil Farm

Just outside Geraldine is the Pleasant Valley Daffodil Farm, with paddocks of daffodils to wander amongst from September to mid October.  The owners, Gordon and Cindy Coombes, are bulb specialists who hybridize and breed new varieties for sale.

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