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mgreaney2018
Wellington, Nouvelle-Zélande94 contributions
nov. 2020
I stayed for a week and the weather fluctuated between very hot and very cold - whatever the weather it is always beautiful. Lots of eateries to choose from and beautiful walking tracks. A good base to visit other places in the area.
Écrit le 13 novembre 2020
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WordChristchurch
Christchurch, Nouvelle-Zélande51 contributions
août 2020
Christchurch – New Zealand, until covid arrived this year, received almost four million tourists annually.

It is decades ago since New Zealand had one million visitors a year. But as far as driving goes, this story gets better and better. Here goes:

We leave Christchurch in a covid two window – with no tourists on the road, no Australians and no Aucklanders, who are in level three lockdown. Heaven week for driving.

It felt like driving around a picturesque South Island in the 1950s and 1960s. Some days there are no cars to overtake at all. Never any long queues of cars behind caravans, campervans – no signs of tourist buses as at all. Wesaw less than half a dozen campervans or caravans over 1450km on the road.

Economic covid times may be tough, but people still save for special holidays to recharge their corporate batteries; for romantic getaways or both.

We stop on the first day and stare at the bright turquoise Lake Pukaki and were gifted one of the best ever views ever of Aoraki (Mt Cook). The great maunga is often not visible from SH8 because it is cloaked in cloud. This was one of those days where Aoraki showed off all its majestic pristine beauty. Maori feel a strong bond with Aoraki, giving mana to their status as tangata whenua. This day, we understand why.

On to Wanaka and the road at times is totally empty but the scenery more magnificent as we tootle through the Mackenzie country, over the Lindis Pass, turn right past Tarras and to Wanaka. Like Queenstown, Wanaka is becoming too big, too over-populated. It made us think of geese and golden eggs.

So, we move on the much photographed Cardrona Hotel, on the Crown Range road. Oh my god, this ticked our bucket list. We stay there the night swallowed up in the quaint pub’s 157-year-old history – and the cool garden bar before it got too cold.

Cardrona township in its heyday was a prosperous settlement and significant commercial hub for the area. Today it is a watering spot for visitors, mostly local skiers and their families between Wanaka and Queenstown.

Next day, we drive cautiously over the Crown Range and make it into Arrowtown, one of the busiest little tourist spots in Central Otago. But in covid times, you could bowl a ball down the main street and not hit anyone.

There was no bustling atmosphere other than a few other Kiwi tourists; much of the town was closed and it was very cold. We felt for the local hospitality businesses.

At Queenstown, it seemed about half as busy as usual. To me, it is still a touristy town with more appeal for overseas tourists than Kiwis; apart from skiing at the Remarkables or Coronet Peak. What we did enjoy were the views, the grandeur of the amphitheatre and the mulled wine at Eichardt’s bar, overlooking the lake – and great haven for people watching.

On to Cromwell and we were immediately in awe of the old Cromwell town much of which was lost when the Clyde dam was built on the Clutha River from 1982. Like Oamaru, the signs to the old precinct are not big or clear enough for visitors to really notice.

We park up at Clyde for three nights, enjoying trips to Alexandra, Ophir, Lauder, Omakau, St Bathans, Naseby and Oturehua. The publican at Oturehua says when they are allowed to travel, he gives Aucklanders a jaffa with their coffee. He called them JAFA – just another friendly Aucklander.

Clyde grew up around the former settlement of Dunstan during the Central Otago goldrush of the 1860s. The town was the most populous in New Zealand during the height of gold fever. These days Clyde is the starting point for the Central Otago 152km Rail Trail – gruelling for many; easy for a few.

Our final stop is at Te Konika o te Matamata (Mosgiel), known as the pearl of the Taieri plains. We feel like we are back in civilisation and our serene covid-free trip has almost come to an end.
Écrit le 31 août 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australie14 036 contributions
déc. 2019
Central Otago is the southern-most commercial wine region in the world. It's particularly well-known for Pinot Noir. Central Otago is said to be one of the world's top three Pinot regions. The vines, which grow in infertile limestone soil, make good wine if they are stresed. Apart from the Pinor Noir, which is a black variety, the region produces good whites. By the way, it's a good idea to take a tour of the vineyards, those hills can be tricky driving after you've had a few wines.
Écrit le 4 avril 2020
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Eli B
Sydney, Australie3 697 contributions
oct. 2019
Picture this. Rolling hills that turn from green to gold in summer, provide the backdrop to a cavalcade of tint, gold rush towns. This is a premier wine growing area. Plenty of opportunity to cycle or walk
Écrit le 7 janvier 2020
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bridgespotter
Clyde, Nouvelle-Zélande21 contributions
mars 2019 • En couple
We did not stay in this hotel but enjoyed a drink and a meal. The food is tasty and plentiful with a wide range of choices. Venison pies, big burgers, pizza, butter chicken are some of the choices. All cooked well.

Mark is an excellent host, the staff and locals are friendly with plenty of banter exchanged across the bar.
Écrit le 11 mars 2019
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Lorraine M
Alexandra, Nouvelle-Zélande7 contributions
juin 2018
A magic place full of history - awesome rocks and magnificent mountain ranges like the Knobbies, The Town clock on the mountain range lights up at night. View of the Hawkduns and the mighty Leaning Rock. Many things to see and do and a halfway point to Q/Town, hr to Wanaka, 45 mins to Cromwell.
Écrit le 8 juillet 2018
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ACE
Taïwan2 754 contributions
févr. 2018 • En famille
雖然這裡的產業主要是農業,像是水果及葡萄酒,但是在這裏旅遊,還是有很多人文歷史和自然的結合,從皇后鎮去Dunedin 的路上真的是帶給我們很多樂趣!
Écrit le 15 juin 2018
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Garry L
29 contributions
mars 2018 • Entre amis
This area was spectacular with its diversity and scenery, the trail cycling experience memorable, the cycle tour company providing excellent service. With additional trail development, i.e. Roxburgh Gorge Trail, Around the Mountains Trail, this will have our Australian group returning to the area to experience more.
Écrit le 20 mai 2018
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mjmgray2016
Alexandra, Nouvelle-Zélande20 contributions
janv. 2017
Fishing, swimming, camping, sightseeing or just a lovely picnic by the river. Take your family and take in the ripple of the lovely clean sparking water of the Central Otago region. You spend a couple of hours and feel like you've been away for a couple of days. The kids are also revived, theres nothing like supervising the children for an afternoon by a lovely stream. Don't forget to take a shopping bag and gather up any rubbish so you leave the river bank pristine for the next happy family.
Écrit le 6 septembre 2017
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oct. 2015 • Entre amis
Otago是新西兰的一个地区,首府是Dunedin,而中部包括Cromwell,Alexandra,Roxburgh三个盛产樱桃的大镇,还有蓝莓,杏桃等水果也可以在这里找到,此外,这里还有不同类型的酒庄吸引了不少游客前去参观的。
Écrit le 21 juin 2016
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