Lake Hawea began as a collection of isolated cribs and holiday homes, 15 km north-east of Wanaka, but has grown into a pleasant village of 1,150 people with a general store selling produce and fishing licences.
Wanaka means ‘Renewal of the Soul’ in Maori, which says it all. This alpine resort has a stunning location that borders on pristine perfection, with reflections of snow-capped alps often mirrored in Lake Wanaka, framed by lakeside poplar trees.
Alexandra is New Zealand’s ‘Blossom Town’ - a glorious symphony of colour and light, in harmony with the changing seasons. Named after Princess Alexandra of Denmark, the town has a population of 4,620 and serves as the hub of our stone fruit and merino fine wool industry.
As you enter the town, a giant fibreglass iconic sculpture will catch your eye. It is in the form of a cluster of ripe fruit, calculated to tempt the taste buds. Fruit stalls beside S.H.8 offer delectable confections - this is truly the ‘Fruit Bowl’ of the south.
The town is a little golden nugget - born of gold and still maintaining its original character. You can easily visualise the pioneer diggers swaggering down the street and elbowing their way into bustling saloons, dance halls and gambling dens.
Arrowtown is unique as a perfectly preserved, picture perfect, gold rush village, that just gets better with age. The town is a little golden nugget - born of gold and still maintaining its original character. You can easily visualise the pioneer diggers swaggering down the street.