From $295.00 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 on the day will be determined by group preferences, weather and light conditions.
It doesn’t matter which direction we go from Queenstown there are great sites to explore. 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 Bannockburn Sluicings and the remains of Carrick Town with it’s great water wheel high up on the range with the expanse of the Cromwell basin spread out below.If we head to the west and Glenorchy, 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. Further from Queenstown, past Glenorchy, the remains of the old Invincible Gold Mine and it’s amazing ore concentrator, like a relic spaceship from an alien race decay under a thick green blanket deep in forest of beech.
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.