Today is my off-day for the week and hence an opportunity for yet another road trip to nearby places from Queenstown. For this week, me and my friend were opting for St. Bathans’ Blue Lake with several stops along the way; Kawarau Gorge, Cromwell, Clyde and Alexandra. St. Bathans is only about 2 hours drive from Queenstown.
This will be most likely our last one-day road trip from Queenstown as we will be soon embarking on a full-time road trip (over 2 months) across the entire New Zealand from mid of next month. We have about a little more than 2 weeks of work left before The Remarkables ski mountain closes for the season. It is already spring here and temperature is getting much warmer now.
The first stop of the day is at the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge. This bridge is the location for the famous AJ Hackett Bungy Jump (world’s first commercial bungy jump operation). Well, I was just a spectator watching other people doing the stunt. I find the price too expensive and I also don’t think I have the courage to do that.
Next, we moved on to Cromwell, a town known for many fruit orchards surrounding it. That is why we saw a huge fruits’ sculpture there. We also went to explore its heritage precinct located next to Lake Dunstan. Beautiful lake view along with several restored historical buildings in that area. We didn’t left the town without a brief stop at the town’s lookout point.
After that, we went to Clyde. Here, we quickly viewed the Clyde Dam, Clyde Bridge and passed through its old town. We didn’t spend much time here as we have to go straight to Alexandra for lunch and more stops ahead. At Alexandra, we checked out its Historic Bridge and saw the famous Clock on the Hill.
We then went to our last stop; St Bathans’ Blue Lake. It was actually an old mining pit. Once it was abandoned and then slowly filled with water, the remaining minerals in the soil gave the lake a distinctive emerald color. The lake is surrounded by exposed cliffs and walking tracks. When we viewed the lake, we didn’t really find the lake’s color striking (probably due to the cloudy weather during our visit). It is more to greyish and I have no choice to edit the colour of the lake’s photos to make it more emerald-like as it should be.
There goes the end of my one-day road trip today. Not too tired (distance is not that far and there isn’t much walking required today as well). Before ending the post, I would like to inform that my blog here will be witnessing its 14th anniversary tomorrow (28th September 2022). Happy 14th birthday to my blog! Started way back in 2008 and I’m still having it pretty much active with frequent new posts (thanks to me) and constant views (thanks to you)! It is certainly on a roll!
(Image above is from Freepik)