Skip navigation
PRISTINE ENVIRONMENT
PRISTINE ENVIRONMENT
We feel a strong responsibility to protect the incredible environment in Lake Wanaka. We'll never take it for granted.
Image: Swimming in Lake Wanaka. Camilla Stoddart
OPEN SPACES
OPEN SPACES
The freedom to explore is a rare thing in today's world. Lake Wanaka is a spectacular natural playground, one which we're committed to.
Image: Boating on Lake Wanaka. Camilla Stoddart
INDEPENDENT PASSION
INDEPENDENT PASSION
We're keen to keep the character, Kiwi flavour and passion in our community. We'll do our utmost to champion owner operators.
Image: Hiker on top of Mt Roy. Garrick Cameron
GENUINE HOSPITALITY
GENUINE HOSPITALITY
We're genuinely excited about sharing our local knowledge so you can make the most of your time and come to love Lake Wanaka as much as we do.
Image: Spa bath, Lake Wanaka. Fredrik Larsson
VIBRANT COMMUNITY
VIBRANT COMMUNITY
Our locals come from around the corner or the other side of the world. In Lake Wanaka, when you visit, you can live and feel like a local for a few days, a season or forever. It's in the community spirit.
Image: Preschool children at daycare, Cardrona Alpine Resort
A STUNNING PLACE TO LIVE
A STUNNING PLACE TO LIVE
If you're into the outdoors then there is no better place to visit or live than Wanaka...
Image: Wanaka nestled on the shores of the lake.Credit: Gilbert van Reenen

 

Email        Print       

Cardrona Arrowtown Tarras Day Trip

Luggate - Hawea Loop Mt Aspiring National Park Makarora - Haast Pass

 

From the Wanaka township take the turn-off to head up the Cardrona Valley through farmland and surrounded by outstanding natural mountain landscapes. You’ll soon arrive in Cardrona, an old gold mining location, now home to the historic Cardrona Hotel. Past here, the narrowing valley leads you through golden tussock country to the source of the Cardrona River and the Crown Range Saddle.

This is a good spot to stop for photos with spectacular views over the Wakatipu Basin. Descend to the Crown Range lookout and into the Wakatipu Basin on the way to the historic town of Arrowtown, set beside the Arrow River.

Map Wanaka Arrowtown Cromwell Loop
22, September 2011
Take time to explore here before heading through the Kawarau Gorge to Bannockburn to enjoy numerous orchards, wineries, old gold tailings and secluded lakeside picnic spots. Head through Cromwell and along the side of Lake Dunstan with its big mountain vistas and quintessential Central Otago rocky outcrops, to rural town of Tarras. After exploring the eclectic range of shops in Tarras take the leisurely drive back to Wanaka and the mountains of the Mt Aspiring National Park.  
J. Wanaka to Cardrona - 19 minutes, 25 km:
  • Grab a coffee at one of the many cafes in Wanaka before setting off for the day
  • Look back to see glimpse of Mt Aspiring just after leaving the outskirts of Wanaka
B.Cardrona to Arrowtown - 25 minutes, 30 km:
  • The gold mining history and heritage at Cardrona
  • The Cadrona Hotel is a must stop on this trip and one of the oldest hotels in New Zealand.
  • Cardrona was centre of the butchery trade in Central Otago the 1870’s. Population at the time was over 3000.
  • Cardrona was the only town in New Zealand to have a legally appointed Sheriff.
  • Count the number of bridges and their original names as you follow the Cardrona River to its source. Be sure to take in the views of the Wakatipu Basin from the Crown Range Saddle and also from the Crown Terrace Lookup closer to Arrowtown.
  • The road between Cardrona and Queenstown is New Zealand’s highest highway – rising to 1076m above sea level
C. Arrowtown to Bannockburn - 39 minutes, 46 km:
  • Try panning for gold in the Arrow River, near Arrowtown, or visit some Lord of The Rings filming locations.
  • In Arrowtown there is a great selection of cafes but two not to miss are the Arrowtown Bakery for their gourmet pies and Provisions for the sticky buns!
  • Watch someone else bungy jumping at the Kawarau Bungy Centre.
  • Stop at Gibbston (D) and check out the Gibbston Valley Winery and Cheese are delightful and well worth a stop
  • Visit the Roaring Meg power station in the Kawarau Gorge
E. Bannockburn to Tarras - 31 minutes, 37 km:
  • Try fresh local produce - freshly picked fruit and berries in Cromwell
  • Bannockburn – choice of boutique wineries and a great picnic spot down by the river just turn left at bridge
  • Old Cromwell town (F) – last remaining evidence of original town after the valley flooded to create Lake Dunstan.
  • Freeway Orchard is the home of real fruit ice creams another chance to buy sticky buns from Provisions
  • Nice rest and picnic spots along the lakeside
  • Northburn Station (G) is famous for their lunchtime winery platters
  • Take a deviation to the Bendigo (H) gold workings
I. Tarras to Wanaka - 29 minutes, 34 km:
  • In Tarras relax with a refreshing cup of tea in the local tearooms or visit the Tarras store, Mrs Robinsons, (a quirky gift shop) or Christina Perriam’s designer store, and the Shrek house, (Shrek the hermit sheep found in 2004 after eluding musters’ for 6 years)

 

Book your Lake Wanaka Holiday

Lake Wanaka Deals