Gold panning in Arrowtown - New Zealand

Trip Start Jan 15, 2011
Trip End Sep 15, 2011

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Arrowtown Campsite

Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Sunday, April 24, 2011

In the afternoon we left Mount Cook National Park and arrived in Arrowtown by 5pm. The 150km journey through the alpine forests was very scenic with all the trees turning golden yellow and red in the autumn sunshine.

Arrowtown is situated about 25km north of Queenstown and is a tiny American style western town. It feels like a quiet village rather than a town. Really picturesque as the same old wooden buildings that were built in the 1860's still line the main street. It was famous in 1867 when gold was found for the first time on the banks of the Arrow River and started a boom period which saw the town’s population grow to over 7000 in a year. Since gold mining has ceased there are only about 2,000 residents living there.

The next morning after our arrival we visited the town centre. It was Anzac day so there were plenty of people viewing the procession through the town streets. The whole village must have been there as they paraded from the town hall around the village.

In true tradition to the town we had a go at panning for gold. To get a better spot away from everyone we had to cross a stream using a fallen tree. It was at this point when I fell and completely soaked my shoes in the freezing water. After warming up a bit from the shock we tried to pan for gold. We dug down into the bank with our small spade, placed the sand in the pan and sieved water through to see if we could find any gold. After a few minutes, when all the silt and sand had been removed, we found small speckles of gold at the bottom. Not enough to make us rich but at least we found something. We found little amounts, the size of sand grains. Looking at the shore you can still see loads of gold flecks scattered around shinning in the sun.

We left Arrowtown and drove to Queenstown that afternoon through the scenic mountains and hillsides.

Arrowtown je male mestecko vzdalene 25km severne od Queenstownu, kde jako v dalsich castech Noveho Zlenadu probehla v 70. letech 19. stoleti zlata horecka. Mestecko bylo zalozeno roku 1860, kdy bylo na brehu reky Arrow nalezeno zlato. Dnes je Attowtown oblibenym turictiskym mistem a to ne jenom diky krasne prirode, ktera cele mestecko obklopuje,ale take diky budovam, ktere byly dochovany z dob zlate horecky a vypadaji jak z americkeho westernu.

My jsme se zde stravili pouzde dopoledne, kdy jsme si zkusili jak se ryzuje zlato. Philippe se rozhodl jit na druhou sranu potoka/reky, jelikoz chtel byt daleko od lidi, ale hacek byl v tom, ze jedina cesta jak se tam dostat byla pres spadly strom. Me se to zdalo moc riskantni jelikoz strom nevypadal moc stabilni, byla pekna zima a ja si nechtela namocit boty proto jsem se rozhodla zustat na brehu. A jeste, ze jsem tak udala, jelikoz kdyz se Philippe vracel a jeste k tomu bez zlata, spadnul do vody a boty si susil dalsi tyden.

Pote co si Philippe ususil nohy a vymenil boty, sli jsme se projit kolem reky na jednu z doporucenych prochazek kolem reky, pri ktere jsme mohli obdivovat barvy podzimu.
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