Having one more day before heading out for adventures further afield, we decided to explore historic Arrowtown, a charming town in the Otago region ~20mi outside of Queenstown settled during the NZ goldrush in the mid-1800’s. We took advantage of returning sunshine to rent bikes and enjoyed a terrific ride along the Arrowtown River and across several gorges (complete with wire bridges – Lee is building his tolerance daily) and into wine country.
One of the highlights was riding over the Kawarau Bridge, site of the first commercial bungy jumping in 1988. While I couldn’t convince Lee to do it (Sam would have gladly joined in – but for the chicken-livered limits of the parental budget!), we got to witness a few brave souls going off for the 43M (140′) jump, head-first and complete with a dunking in the river before getting pulled aboard a waiting rubber raft for return to shore.
We stopped for a wine tasting at the Gibbston Winery (and Cheesery – a convenient pairing!) before making the energetic trek back along Lake Hayes to Arrowtown – another great day!