The Cut : The Cut - Winter 2016
GOLF & LEISURE 125 out by the first gold escort, worth $18 million at today’s prices. When many of the original miners moved on to the West Coast, the Otago Provincial Government invited Chinese miners to come and work. Their settlement survived until 1928 and a collection of their huts has been preserved as one of the region’s main tourist attractions. After the gold ran out Arrowtown became a farm service town with a shrinking population, but in the 1950s it developed into a popular holiday destination, families restoring historic cottages and building holiday homes. Today Arrowtown boasts international-class golf courses plus a library, museum, swimming pool and medical centre and is close to an international airport, the Coronet Peak and Remarkable skifields and an events centre. Commercial viticulture has become well established and within a 30-minute drive are vineyards that produce some of New Zealand’s finest wines; the region is particularly noted for its Pinot Noir. Arrowtown celebrates four delightfully distinctive seasons. Summer: Dawn is as early as 5am and dusk as late as 10pm in high summer, when the temperature regularly soars into the 30s, but because of Arrowtown’s proximity to the mountains (it is 670m above sea level), rarely does humidity exceed 64 per cent. Autumn: The most spectacular time to visit the area, when Arrowtown’s deciduous trees explode with colour. Around the time of the annual Arrowtown Autumn Festival in late April, the countryside is a riot of yellows, golds and reds. Winter: The Arrowtown-Queenstown-Wanaka area becomes the premier destination in the Southern hemisphere for winter sports, with Coronet Peak, the Remarkables and nearby Cardrona all offering ideal ski conditions. Many international ski teams train here. Spring: Thaw time. Plants come to life and the hills are full of colour. The crystal-clear air, warm days and cool evenings promote remarkable growth in plants.
The Cut - Spring 2016