After our 4 days 3 nights cycling from Dunstan to Lawrence and around 150kms, Trail Journeys drove us back to the start and to our next journey…
2 hours later, we got dropped off and got our hire car at 6pm, left Queenstown at 6:20 on our way to Wanaka up the Crown Range dropping into the Cardrona Valley – everything was just so beautiful! I didn’t know where to look
CARDRONA HOTEL & PUB
We had to stop here! The outside was all historical and sucked us right in to explore!
Established in 1863, the Cardrona Hotel is one of New Zealand’s oldest hotels, and is one of only two remaining buildings from the Cardrona Valley gold rush era. In it’s hey-day Cardrona was a prosperous settlement and significant commercial hub for the area. During this period the hotel – one of four in the township – offered accommodation, livery services and an accommodation stop for itinerant travellers. The historic hotel facade is representative of this now vanished town and is an important part of New Zealand’s history.
We had to have a booking to visit this winery, gates were locked and we had to be buzzed in, the tasting was lovely with light whites, rose and light reds, no preservatives and organic
Rippon’s story begins in 1912 when Sir Percy Sargood bought a high country station on the western flanks of Lake Wanaka. Three decades later, while serving in the Second World War as a submarine lieutenant, Percy’s grandson, Rolfe Mills, was struck by the vines growing on the schist slopes of the Douro Valley that reminded him of those back in Wanaka and, with that, a hunch was born. In 1975, Rolfe and his wife Lois began planting experimental vines and, in 1982 began the commercial planting of the 15ha that today comprise Rippon
Biodynamic farming, wild ferments, no irrigation and some of Central Otago’s oldest vines on their own roots all help to produce fruit and wines which are true to their place
That night we got ready and went to Paddys friends place for some drinks and a chat, they are SO lovely! We had a great time talking to them and sharing stories 🥳
DINNER at MUTTONBIRD
Muttonbird was an awesome place to eat! Paddy had wanted to try this out for a while and knew the chef, George well and was curious to try the menu there – the girls loved the food there!