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