Shafts of Light: Arrowtown, New Zealand.

Arrowtown Day 1.

We used to stay with beloved family whilst in the Queenstown area, but in summer the 3 hour time difference including daylight saving means our body clocks make us a bit antisocial – 7am is a completely reasonable time for Kiwis to get up but the only Aussies that want to be awake at 4am are the kookaburras who live at the end of our street. So we’d looked online and found River’s Edge cottage, a cute little two bedroom place right on the edge of Arrowtown. Like, right on the edge of town. Could be our new home away from home away from home.

The view from our side deck. Hidden in the trees at the bottom of that hill mountain is the Arrow River. Walk into the trees then turn left for Arrowtown.
The view from our side deck. Hidden in the trees at the bottom of that hill mountain is the Arrow River. Walk into the trees then turn left for Arrowtown.
Comfy, cosy, with everything we need. The boys took about 10 seconds to find the stash of books and games hidden in the coffee table.
Comfy, cosy, with everything we need. The boys took about 10 seconds to find the stash of books and games hidden in the coffee table.
I have a better photo with the boys in it but hadn't noticed when I took it that Finn had his hand right down his pants. Thought I better not use it, you know, be a good mum - how beige. Meanwhile, Teddy is mooning you.
I have a better photo with the boys in it but hadn’t noticed when I took it that Finn had his hand right down his pants. Thought I better not use it, you know, be a good mum – how beige. Meanwhile, Teddy is mooning you.

Unloaded the car, washed some puke (remember the puke?), then headed to the river to follow the Anniversary Walk 10 minutes to town. Love it! Dappled sunny leaves, cool green shadows, a swimming hole with a  huge rock wall and a rope. Kids rafted downstream in inner tubes and I couldn’t tell whether the murmuring I heard was their voices or water bubbling over the rocks.

The tagline for Enzed tourism isn't "100% Pure New Zealand" for nothing. The water's so clean you can drink it straight from the river. Except maybe for that bit where the dogs are.
The tagline for Enzed tourism isn’t “100% Pure New Zealand” for nothing; the water’s so clean you can drink it straight from the river. Except maybe for that bit where the dogs are.

05 Arrow River Arrowtown New Zealand

We had a late lunch/ early dinner at 2pm (our time) at historic The Fork and Tap on Buckingham Street – too bad we weren’t staying a few days longer as they have live bands on Sunday  afternoons in summer. Had a great time sitting in the sun catching up with family while the boys got reacquainted.

They can't scream for ice cream because of all the ice cream in their pie holes.
They can’t scream for ice cream because of all the ice cream in their pie holes.

We walked back at about 9.30pm as the sun was setting, the late evening sunlight shafting through the trees.

Spotlighting flowers...
Spotlighting flowers…
...outlining every leaf in brilliant gold...
…outlining every leaf in brilliant gold…
... and causing 4 year olds to suddenly break out into song and dance. It's hardly Midnight Sun syndrome but daylight at nearly 10pm in summer certainly had an adverse effect on the boys' bedtimes.
… and causing 4 year olds to suddenly break out into song and dance. It’s hardly Midnight Sun syndrome but daylight at nearly 10pm in summer certainly had an adverse effect on the boys’ bedtimes.

Rory took ages, inspecting holes in trees, making rocketships out of fallen sticks, and collecting rocks to throw in the river.

09 are we there yet.

I also took ages – taking photos – so we kept each other company while Finn and J took off ahead. We arrived at our turnoff just as the sunset lit up the sky and our hands started turning icy; it’s midsummer but even so there’s a dusting of snow on The Remarkables.

"Adriaaaan!!"
“Adriaaaan!!”

Got back to the cottage just in time to witness a jenga showdown and join the battle to get the boys in the shower.

Putting the boys to bed, I went to kiss Roars on the head. He put his hand up to stop me and said, “In this house the extructions said ‘no sitting’.” Hmm. He hasn’t banned me from bedtime for a while, what’s brought this on?

… Bloody daylight saving I’ll bet. Everyone already knows it fades your curtains and causes cows to spontaneously combust. It was even invented by a New Zealander… I smell a conspiracy. Or maybe that’s just the sheep.

– Michelle

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Robyna says:

    Your photos are gorgeous. As are your boys. But they are all getting way too big for my liking!

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    1. Michelle says:

      ALL of the boys are getting way too big! We need to stop feeding them, or stop standing them in compost, one of the two.

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