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On the Water
Queenstown Bay has always been the focus of tourism activities on the lake. With its numerous wharves, it has seen the comings and goings of boats of all shapes and sizes, from steamers to excursion boats.
Rowing boats were available for hire on Queenstown Bay as early as 1881.
Margaret and Irvine Templeton ran a boat hire business for several years from 1954 which was a popular option for families as it was an affordable activity.
“You had Christmas and New Year… then it would be quiet until Easter, then it would pick up again. It was cheap on our rowing boats… I think it was half a crown for half an hour. Some of these boats took five or six people. People would have a picnic in the park, and then their children would row across the bay, and that was cheap.” Margaret Templeton
Be sure to get along to Lakes District Museum in Arrowtown to check out the popular FOUNDATIONS exhibition reflecting the early township development in the district.
FOUNDATIONS is an exhibition of early survey maps from around the district. Previously too fragile to display, the maps have been digitised and printed for everyone to enjoy. They are accompanied by some of the museum’s favourite archive images and artworks from local artists.
Lakes District Museum is open every day from 10am – 4pm.