Gold mining, the ghost towns, the settlements where once thousands lived are evocative places to visit with their relics and abandoned buildings. St Bathans delivers in spades on the historic artefacts plus it has a hotel that is continuing to
Flat land around the lake is at the southern end near its outflow to Hawea River. Hawea village is a popular resort today. Historically Wanaka and Hawea were natural pathways to the Haast Pass and West Coast pounamu (jade). The
Take the side roads, slow down on the unsealed gravel road and absorb the austere beautiful landscapes of Otago while finding where people once lived.
A town where welcomes are guaranteed. Visitors are appreciated for the effort turning up. Middlemarch with its gold mining heritage, artefacts, relics, drop dead goregous scenery and plenty of things to do and see is well worth the detour. The
Lake Hawea easy short walks and family picnic spots Wanaka and Hawea are natural crossroads in the journey to the West Coast. The rivers offer bountiful fly fishing opportunities while the mountains winter sports and active summer adventures. While there
From an exclusive fly fishing excursion complete with heli picnics in the remote wilderness to rock climbing or easy short walks around the lake the key element is the raw elemental nature perched at the doorstep of Lake Hawea. Scenery
The rivers, the lakes and the snow is water in another form or other. Wanaka has lush sub-alpine and alpine scenery and it does rain. Forget about that instagram fabulousness of Roys Peak, bathed in warm light. Wanaka has indoors
Pre-European Maori regularly travelled through the area to the rich plains of the MacKenize basin on hunting expeditions. By the 1880’s New Zealand’s wild west had arrived with swaggers, gold miners and sheep rustlers passing through. Pastoral farming and the