From $245.00 NZD per person
Queenstown is famous for it’s spectacular and enchanting scenery. It’s a landscape with everything from towering mountains to crystal lakes, verdant pastures and deep, lush forests to rugged gorges and expensive alpine plains. Dotted throughout are the remnants of man’s struggle to find a place here and to win a living from it’s hidden riches. Come on a journey with us to explore the history and the heritage left behind by gold miners and farmers. From the restored quaintness of old gold towns - Arrowtown and old Cromwell Town to hidden relics of ancient machinery decaying and overgrown in dark, mossy forest glades.
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Our route will be determined on the day by group preferences, weather and light conditions.
You don't have to venture far in any direction from Queenstown to find evidence of the struggle to tame this wilderness. Much of the struggle for gold took place east of Queenstown where the landscape is rugged, rocky and arid. Going in this direction we can visit amazing sites like Gee’s Flat, deep in the Kawarau Gorge, the old chinese village at and the restored main street of Arrowtown. On the way we can head into Skipper's Canyon Road, in it's day a triumph of engineering - a narrow, precipitous one way road hewn by hand into the sides of a steep sided canyon. The old road winds downward to the remains of miner's settlements on the fast flowing Shotover River.If we head to the west following the shore of Lake Wakatipu, the historic remains are more hidden. Old Sam Summer’s hut is a 45min walk through forest and stream, passing through a heavily sluiced valley and a tailrace fissure blasted into solid rock, all being taken back by the virulent beech forest.
With so many options in this direction, tell us what interests you most. We'll discuss it with the group and take light and weather conditions into account to design a great day's photography.