Travel: Arrowtown & Wanaka

This week’s #BlogGreatness theme is travel. I know I recently travelled to Melbourne but since I haven’t looked at the photos I’ve taken from that trip, I thought I’d continue on and write about our Queenstown holiday last year.

I already made a post about Queenstown here on the blog but we also visited Arrowtown and Wanaka. I will focus on these two places today. We rented a car and did a day trip from Queenstown.

See below for more photos and to see what we got up to.

I’m warning you now that this is a photo-heavy post because I took too many photos during our trip and I have too many I want to show.

arrowtown queenstown nz new zealand travelOur first stop was Arrowtown which was a 20-30min drive from Queenstown. We parked opposite this trail above. It was the start of spring when we came so it wasn’t snowing any more but there were still blobs of snow lying around.

arrowtown nz new zealand travelWe wandered around town which is mainly a strip of shops and cafes.

arrowtown nz new zealand travelThe town itself is quite small and has historic buildings. I really liked it. Don’t forget to stop by the Remarkable Sweet Shop while you’re there too. I won’t post about it here because I plan on making a separate post about the food places we tried/went to on holiday.

arrowtown nz new zealand travelI love old architecture which shows the heritage of the place. This is the post office and it’s cute!

arrowtown nz new zealand travelWe were hungry so we stopped by for lunch at Postmasters. It was a nice day we sat outside.

arrowtown nz new zealand travelWhile the town is quite rustic, there are pops of colour everywhere which I love. Some of the lamp and sign posts are covered in yarn too. Arrowtown was a nice place to walk around and have a meal. We wanted to go to this restaurant Saffron because my partner’s parents went there and raved about it but it was closed when we went. Maybe next time!

We didn’t stay in Arrowtown for long as we had a longer drive to Wanaka.


wanaka nz new zealand travelI think it took us just over an hour to Wanaka. Our rental car wasn’t a 4WD and was quite slow up the hill. We also stopped as my partner hasn’t touched snow before. It was slippery and cold and novelty wore off after a few minutes so we continued our journey.

wanaka nz new zealand travel

Wanaka is so beautiful and peaceful. It’s hard not to fall in love with this place. Looking over Laka Wanaka and the snow-capped mountains was so relaxing.

wanaka nz new zealand travelWe really got lucky as the whole week we were there, it hasn’t rained at all and we had lovely sunny days.

wanaka nz new zealand travelOf course, a selfie had to be taken! Haha


After roaming around town, we decided to check out Puzzling World for a bit of fun.

wanaka puzzling world nz new zealandPuzzling World has an outdoor maze and illusion rooms.

wanaka puzzling world nz new zealand mazeWe decided to do the whole shebang and started off with the Great Maze. We were in that maze for so long! Just when we thought we could see the way out, we were wrong and we went around in circles way too many times. We thought of giving up and just using the emergency exit but we persevered and got there in the end. Our brains were fried after that but it was a good experience.

wanaka puzzling world nz new zealandWe checked out the illusion rooms afterwards which was nice because it was inside and air-conditioned. We got hot and sweaty after the maze.

wanaka puzzling world nz new zealandThe illusion rooms definitely tested your mind but it was great.

wanaka puzzling world nz new zealandSome were truly mind-boggling and interesting too.

I think if you’re in Wanaka, you should pay Puzzling World a visit. The maze will be great to do with a group of friends.


wanaka queenstown nz new zealand travelWe decided to take a different way back so we won’t see the same thing and it was the more scenic route too. I think this was Lake Dunstan and I love how it just mirrored what was on land.

It was a tiring day but it was well worth it. I wish we could’ve stayed longer in Wanaka but we had other exciting things to do in Queenstown which I will talk about in my next Queenstown holiday post.

I hope you liked this travel post on the blog. I know it’s something different from my usual fashion and beauty but I like to change things up a bit.

Stay tuned for more travel posts too. The Melbourne trip and hauls will be coming shortly!


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3 thoughts on “Travel: Arrowtown & Wanaka

  1. Em says:

    Gorgeous pics! Arrowtown is such a charming little town, I love it! I haven’t seen much of Wanaka, but am hoping to get down there fairly soon to check it out as I hear so many people raving about it, along with Arrowtown and Queenstown.

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    • astylecollector says:

      Thank you! I’m itching to go back already. It was so nice and beautiful. I love Queenstown too. I’m excited to share my next post from this holiday which is Milford Sound. It was THE BEST. 🙂

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