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Colour Your World
By Therese Bruning
27 June 2011

Many people have said to me over the years how spectacular the South Island scenery is – especially in Autumn. It was time to see for myself & there had definitely been no exaggeration as to its own unique beauty at this time of the year.

Some of the best places to see these wonderful displays of red and green, interwoven with touches of gold are Wanaka, Queenstown & the small township of Arrowtown. 

I really loved Wanaka.  It was like a smaller version of Queenstown, quieter, but just as beautiful and plenty to keep you busy. The main part of town is situated around Lake Wanaka where we were content to indulge ourselves in a bit of people watching & taking in the beautiful scenery around the lake.


Driving into the historic former gold-mining town of Arrowtown  is where "wow" factor really hits you – the colours are magnificent. The surrounding hillsides provide a breathtaking backdrop to this small town where you can visit galleries and quaint shops, enjoy fine dining or even try your luck at a bit of gold-panning in the Arrow River. I don’t think anyone has struck it rich there lately so hold off buying the Porsche, & just take it as a bit of fun.  

If visiting from Queenstown, it’s about a 20 minute drive & you want to allow yourself about half a day to take your time to explore & take in the beauty of this gorgeous little township.


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