I dreamed of visiting the South Island of New Zealand during autumn for many years. And it has finally happened. The circle is complete as we have seen the South Island in all four seasons now, and I must say autumn is one of the most spectacular times to visit despite the occasional rain. We were there in early May which meant we missed the peak of autumn colours by a couple of weeks but it was still gorgeous everywhere.
Arrowtown is a short twenty-minute drive from Queenstown and is a must-see for sure. The streets are quiet, the air is pure, the autumn leaves are covering the ground as a soft warm carpet, and there is the smell of smoke and of wet leaves that creates the most cosy feeling. We took a very slow (as in “we have a toddler who has just learned to walk” slow) stroll along the river. And you know what, following Daniel’s lead gave us plenty of time to stop, look around, breathe in, notice the littlest things, and just be.
And seeing Daniel’s face light up as he was playing in the piles of leaves was the sweetest moment which has now become a very precious memory.