Heritage and history in Queenstown District

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Tohu Whenua: Kawarau Suspension Bridge

Kawarau Suspension Bridge near Queenstown is best known as the birthplace of A.J. Hackett’s bungy tourism venture. However the 141-year-old bridge was actually famous long before thrill-seekers began throwing themselves off of it. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Which six Kiwi Gems can you discover on the Southern Scenic road trip?

Have you heard of these six Kiwi Gems that you can find on the Southern Scenic Route road trip between Queenstown and Dunedin?  Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Take an off-road adventure to an abandoned gold-mining town

On a rugged 4WD safari tour you can explore the heritage of Macetown, a unique historical site near Queenstown, rich with gold-mining relics.   Read the story . . . 

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Free things to do

Arrowtown Chinese Settlement: multi-cultural heritage

Arrowtown is so rich in multi-cultural history, it has been named Tohu Whenua – a site that is of special significance to New Zealand because of its links to the past and the unique stories that can be discovered here.  Read the story . . . 

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Mount Aspiring National Park: aspiring to greatness

Mount Aspiring is one of New Zealand’s highest peaks and the park named for it is a paradise of mountains, glaciers, river valleys and alpine lakes.  Read the story . . . 

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Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

Walk around Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, a partially restored and well-interpreted settlement from the 1880s. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Queenstown: aboard the TSS Earnslaw

The TSS Earnslaw has plied the glassy waters of Lake Wakatipu for over 90 years; her graceful lines and plume of coal smoke as much part of the scenery as the Remarkables. Read the story . . . 

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Arrowtown: golden history

The beauty of Arrowtown is that it was built to last and if you look carefully, you’ll get some sense of what life was like for the gold miners who originally founded the town.  Read the story . . . 

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Arrowtown: a picture-perfect living museum

Autumn. That’s the time to visit. Much of this part of the South Island takes on a splendid glow at that time of year. None more so than Arrowtown which is, frankly, already right off the cutesy scale as it is.  Read the story . . . 

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Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw

Cruise Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown aboard the elegant ‘Lady of the Lake’, the last remaining coal-fired steamship operating in the southern hemisphere. Read the story . . . 

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