Highlights along the way:
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
Cardrona to Arrowtown - 25 minutes, 30 km
- The gold mining history and heritage at Cardrona
- The Cardrona 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 and was the only town in New Zealand to have a legally appointed Sheriff.
- Visit The Cardrona Distillery & Museum to taste their gin "The Source", which took home a gold medal at the New York Wine & Spirits Awards 2016.
- Try horse trekking, quad biking, mountain biking or skiing.
- The road between Cardrona and Queenstown is New Zealand’s highest highway – rising to 1076m above sea level
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 of Arrowtown for the sticky buns!
- Watch someone else bungy jumping at the Kawarau Bungy Centre or have a go yourself.
- Stop at Gibbston. The Gibbston Valley Winery and Cheese are delightful and well worth a stop
- Visit the Roaring Meg power station in the Kawarau Gorge
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 – 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
- Take a deviation to the Bendigo gold workings
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)