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BACK IN THE DAY WITH LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM

Eliza Jane Johnston (née Wilson) 1834-1919 and the Otago Hotel at Skippers Point After the rowdy days of the goldrush were over, the Whakatipu saw an increasing number of visitors arriving to admire and explore the beautiful scenery. There were many successful female hotel-keepers who revamped their accommodation and aimed…

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BACK IN THE DAY WITH LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM

Skiing in the Whakatipu – the early days continued… In the early days of Coronet Peak many of the skiers were involved in the ski club scene and would stay in huts on the mountain during the ski season. “You arrived at the huts on Friday night and everyone would…

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BACK IN THE DAY WITH LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM

Skiing in the Whakatipu – the early days… The development of the ski industry in the Whakatipu is one of the great tourism success stories. From simple beginnings, it has developed into a multi-million dollar industry and established the region as a winter resort. The Mount Cook Company was the…

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BACK IN THE DAY WITH LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM

U-Drive Boats In December, 1957, a new venture started on Queenstown Bay. Dick Rout and his wife, Clarice, arrived from Hamilton to start a company called U-Drive Boats. Having seen a similar operation working well on Lake Okataina, near Rotorua, they decided that Queenstown would be the ideal place for…

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BACK IN THE DAY WITH LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM

The Meteor story began in 1950 when a young Frank Haworth, fresh from flying Catalinas in the Pacific, arrived in Queenstown. William Rees, the founder of Queenstown, was Frank’s great grandfather, so he arrived with historical links and an adventurous pedigree. Frank bought the small service launch and began his…

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BACK IN THE DAY WITH LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM

Tourism on the Bay and Beyond Excursion launches on Lake Whakatipu have always played an important role in tourism on the lake. They provided commercial back-up to the Earnslaw when it became the sole steamer, but also provided extremely popular day trips for generations of visitors. The best known were…

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BACK IN THE DAY WITH LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM

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…

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BACK IN THE DAY WITH LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM

In a continuation of our 2020 ‘Cribbies’ theme this month we’re branching out into a long hot summer favourite, ‘Picnics and Barbeques’ with Lakes District Museum. Picnics & Barbeques Mealtimes for the Cribbies were significantly more relaxed and less formal than they were at home. Picnics and barbeques were the…

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BACK IN THE DAY WITH LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM

We usher in the beginning of summer and long hot days by continuing our series on local cribbies. Families on Holiday “Simple and uncomplicated” The freedom while on holiday at the crib remains a strong memory for all cribbie children. The only restrictions on most children were clear-set boundaries stipulating…

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BACK IN THE DAY WITH LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM

POST WORLD WAR II – THE ARRIVAL OF THE CRIBBIES By the end of World War II, it was said of Arrowtown that the only thing moving in the main street during the day were the shadows. The population was in rapid decline and Arrowtown was in danger of becoming…

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