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Arrowtown and Wanaka Full Day Tour

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Overview

On our Arrowtown and Wanaka Full Day Tour you view bungy jumpers as they leap from Kawarau Bridge, which is the site of the Gates of Argonath in the Lord of the Rings Movies in New Zealand. Discover the vineyards of Gibbston Valley as well as learning about the history of Cromwell. Travel to Wanaka and the much photographed Cardrona Hotel, before crossing the crown Range back to Arrowtown and Queenstown.

Arrowtown and Wanaka Full Day Tour

Arrowtown and Wanaka Full Day Tour

Arrowtown and Wanaka Full Day Tour

Arrowtown and Wanaka Full Day Tour

Arrowtown and Wanaka Full Day Tour

Arrowtown and Wanaka Full Day Tour

Arrowtown and Wanaka Full Day Tour

Arrowtown and Wanaka Full Day Tour

Lord of the Rings and the Bungy Bridge

The world’s pioneer in commercial bungy operation started in 1988 at the Kawarau Bridge, paving the way for Queenstown to earn the reputation as the “adventure capital of the world.” In this tour, begin your day with a view of this historic bungy bridge, taking a photograph of the structure and watching the excited crowd of bungy jumpers below.

In the Pillars of the Kings scene in the Lord of the Rings movie, the Gates of Argonath welcomed the fellowship. As you are in a real movie set, we will point out to you where the imposing gates once stood.

Gibbston Valley

We travel along the Kawarau Gorge and deeper into the Gibbston Valley where you will see vineyard after vineyard unfold as we drive past. While the landscape appears austere, it has proved suitable for growing the celebrated Pinot Noir grapes. We follow the gorge’s sinuous curve, putting you in the best spot to look down below at the rushing river, and eye the opposite banks for a smattering of gold-prospecting shacks perched on the rocks near the ancient goldmines.

Old Cromwell Town

We reach “new” Cromwell which you will understand better as we make our way around “Old Cromwell” and share to you its colourful history buried under the man-made lake and Clyde Dam in the distance – a dam that tore the town apart and transformed the landscape forever. Take a stroll beside charming shops and galleries, inspect the historical ruins left behind, and enjoy a classic morning tea with a hot beverage complemented by a cheese roll and a slice.

Maori traders and hunters were the first to walk upon Cromwell. European shepherds, gold prospectors and dam builders came next. As we make our way to our next destination, admire the rugged hills and the waters of the scenic Clutha River and Lake Dunstan.

Cardrona

Before continuing on, we stop at a local icon first, the much photographed Cardrona Hotel in Wanaka. Constructed in 1863, the hotel provided accommodation to gold prospectors and a venue for refreshment and rest for those traveling on the Crown Range Road. Today, Cardrona Hotel is one of the oldest pubs in New Zealand and perhaps the most popular – it’s often featured in international photographs. We take a break here and look around, and enjoy a well-deserved beverage (beer or soft drink) by the fire or in the beer garden. You earned it.

Arrowtown

Your tour finishes in the historic gold mining town of Arrowtown; a place discovered in the 1860's, firstly by European gold prospectors, and later by Chinese miners who tried their luck with what was left! Take a stroll past the tiny restored cottages owhere they lived, and walk down the main street of this beautiful small town with its historic buildings that will remind you of being on a movie set.

Lord of the Rings and the Bungy Bridge

The world’s pioneer in commercial bungy operation started in 1988 at the Kawarau Bridge, paving the way for Queenstown to earn the reputation as the “adventure capital of the world.” In this tour, begin your day with a view of this historic bungy bridge, taking a photograph of the structure and watching the excited crowd of bungy jumpers below.

In the Pillars of the Kings scene in the Lord of the Rings movie, the Gates of Argonath welcomed the fellowship. As you are in a real movie set, we will point out to you where the imposing gates once stood.

Gibbston Valley

We travel along the Kawarau Gorge and deeper into the Gibbston Valley where you will see vineyard after vineyard unfold as we drive past. While the landscape appears austere, it has proved suitable for growing the celebrated Pinot Noir grapes. We follow the gorge’s sinuous curve, putting you in the best spot to look down below at the rushing river, and eye the opposite banks for a smattering of gold-prospecting shacks perched on the rocks near the ancient goldmines.

Old Cromwell Town

We reach “new” Cromwell which you will understand better as we make our way around “Old Cromwell” and share to you its colourful history buried under the man-made lake and Clyde Dam in the distance – a dam that tore the town apart and transformed the landscape forever. Take a stroll beside charming shops and galleries, inspect the historical ruins left behind, and enjoy a classic morning tea with a hot beverage complemented by a cheese roll and a slice.

Maori traders and hunters were the first to walk upon Cromwell. European shepherds, gold prospectors and dam builders came next. As we make our way to our next destination, admire the rugged hills and the waters of the scenic Clutha River and Lake Dunstan.

Cardrona

Before continuing on, we stop at a local icon first, the much photographed Cardrona Hotel in Wanaka. Constructed in 1863, the hotel provided accommodation to gold prospectors and a venue for refreshment and rest for those traveling on the Crown Range Road. Today, Cardrona Hotel is one of the oldest pubs in New Zealand and perhaps the most popular – it’s often featured in international photographs. We take a break here and look around, and enjoy a well-deserved beverage (beer or soft drink) by the fire or in the beer garden. You earned it.

Arrowtown

Your tour finishes in the historic gold mining town of Arrowtown; a place discovered in the 1860's, firstly by European gold prospectors, and later by Chinese miners who tried their luck with what was left! Take a stroll past the tiny restored cottages owhere they lived, and walk down the main street of this beautiful small town with its historic buildings that will remind you of being on a movie set.

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