Home' QT Magazine : QT Spring Magazine Contents Drifting down a glassy, slow-flowing river on a tyre
tube, past old gold workings and beautifully rugged
Central Otago landscapes is just one of a host of
unique, free activities available in the Cromwell
“The Kawarau River is quite shallow from the
Goldfields Mining Centre down, we take our kids
and have friends who go down there on ski biscuits
relaxing with a drink in hand,” says Golden Gate
Lodge General Manager Glen Christiansen.
Glen moved to Cromwell in 2001 and began work at
the Lodge four years later. A member of the Cromwell
Community Board and a keen runner, hiker and biker
he enjoys sharing his local knowledge of some of
the area’s lesser known activities and amenities.
He says biking and walking are a great option
down the Gorge with a good track starting just
downstream of the mining centre.
Other favourite outings include playground hopping
by bike or car from the Lowburn Inlet to the Alpha
Street, Achil Street and Waenga Drive parks. He says
the family often takes a sausage and use the park’s
BBQ facilities to create a simple lunch.
A great walk to give children the feeling they have
conquered a mountain is the hour long climb from
Roaring Meg creek to a reservoir and picnic spot.
“It’s quite a hike for kids and when they get there
they really feel like they’ve achieved something.”
With his running group Glen takes on the Pack Track
beginning on Swann Road in Lowburn. ”This zig-
zags up and up eventually arriving at the historic
Deep Creek Hut. It’s free to stay at this former
musterers hut or you can keep following the track to
the Cardrona Valley.”
There’s plenty more places to discover according
to Glen. Secret caves, dinosaur relics of ill-fated
gold mining schemes as well as sheltered lakeside
havens that even the nor’wester can’t find.
Check out his blog on www.goldengate.co.nz or
email email@example.com .nz .
EXPLORING CROMWELL FOR FREE
QTMAGAZINE SPRING 2014 QT.CO.NZ
By JIll Herron
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Cromwell’s ever-expanding Festive Fete celebrates its
fourth year this summer and will feature around 100
stalls as well as live music, wine, food and a family-
Following the retirement of the organiser of the
Queensbury Fete, Cromwell designer Anthea Lawrence
and Queenstown teacher Claire Harper took over the
reins, and have created a stand-out event that now
attracts stall holders from all over the southern South
“This year it will be held on Saturday December 6 at the
Racing Glen at the Cromwell Racecourse and visitors
will find the event has been really refreshed,” says
Anthea. “We’ve got lots of new stalls including fantastic
shoes from Venezuela, New Zealand-made homewares,
designer clothing and loads of hand-crafted stuff that
you just don’t see in the shops.”
Craft demonstrations will take places throughout the
day and Anthea says foods from around the world and
from local kitchens will be available.
“There will be Mexican and Japanese, wood-fired pizza,
gourmet sandwiches, salmon and of course berries and
ice-cream, plus homemade items like preserves and
A drawcard this year is popular country rocker Jody
Direen, who will perform as part of her summer tour,
along with big band swing stars Vanessa Kelly and the
“Visitors can spend the morning Christmas shopping,
then relax Pimms in hand under the shady trees in the
park like setting and enjoy the superb entertainment,”
The event supports non-profit organisations by
allocating free stalls and provides fundraising
opportunities for local groups, employing volunteers in
a myriad of jobs from setting up the venue to distributing
distinctive Festive Fete shopping bags.
The Festive Fete runs from 10.00am - 4 .00pm. The $10
entry fee (per adult) includes a chance to win two iPad
minis, one of which will be donated to a good cause
nominated by the winner.
By JIll Herron
FESTIVE FETE EXPANDS
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