We began our South Island adventure by taking a road trip from Dunedin to Queenstown! The drive was supposed to be three and a half hours long but we decided to stop at EVERY small town and food place along the way. It may have taken a little longer but it was definitely worth it! Each little town was so amazing!
Our first stop was Lawrence, a super small town with a total population of 470 people. We didn't actually plan to stop here, (we didn't actually plan to stop anywhere, but hey...) but before we left I said to Ben "I really want to stop at one of those super small, cute cafes in the middle of nowhere!" As we were driving, I looked out of the window and I saw the exact type of cafe I had imagined. After a quick U-turn, it did not disappoint. The owner was by far the sweetest, friendliest cafe owner I have ever come across! She noticed that I was holding my camera and proceeded to tell me all the best places for photo opportunities in the area! One of the places she told us about was Weatherston's Daffodil Fields. After a stroll through the daffodil fields we stumbled upon the ruins of the old Black Horse Brewery tucked in among the native bush. The whole time I was there, I kept thinking how thankful I was to have met the super friendly cafe owner.
Our highlight from this town was the Roxburgh Dam Lookout. It is only a short 10-15 minute walk from the carpark, and you are rewarded with the most amazing view of the lake and the surrounding mountains! I can't even tell you how many times Ben and I said "WOW this is seriously so cool!" A camera can't even capture how beautiful these places are.
We stopped here for a grand total of eight and half minutes. We just wanted to see the old Alexandra Bridge over the Clutha River!
Old Town Cromwell:
Shout out to our brother-in-law for recommending this place! This was a major highlight of our trip. It feels as though you are in a different era when walking around this town. This little street has maintained it's history so well.
Cromwell is a beautiful town full of orchards! We stopped at the prettiest fruit shop I have ever seen! There were flowers everywhere, and they even had a table filled with fruit platters for people to sample. There was also fruit ice cream, which of course we had to get!
We weren't in Queenstown for a long time, but we managed to see a lot! Of course, we started at Ferg Burger. Yum. Then we went to Balls and Bangles for a nutella filled donut! And Finished with a trip to The Remarkable Sweet Shop for more unnecessary sugar. Day Two began at Onsen Hot Pools, (cliche I know). But sometimes those touristy things just have to be done, haha! Onsen Hot Pools were seriously cool! I can see why everyone goes there. It doesn't get much better than sipping on herbal tea in a private spa pool with a view (and chocolate)!! We finished with an quick drive up Coronet Peak and there was SNOW! I was way too excited about this. I had actually never heard of this mountain before, but some friendly tradesmen who were working on the Airbnb we were staying in told us about it!
Ahh this town was SO cute. It was filled with small cafes, cute shops and lots of pretty trees! I could have spent all day here just walking through the streets.