Arriving into Queenstown I am scooped up by a charming gentleman called Jonathan who promptly takes me off to the equally charming Arrowtown, a short drive from Queenstown.
Jonathan asks if I am hungry, inwardly I groan at the thought of another multi course meal, but then he asks if I would like a pie... New Zealand pies are something else and needless to say I find space. If you ever get to Arrowtown, you will know where to go by the smell, your nose and your stomach will lead you there, and for a taste of heaven - the lamb and mint pie is unbeatable!
Arrowtown is an historic mining town located on the river... Arrow, wouldn't you know . The tree lined streets, wooden cottages and retail outlets are reminiscent of a movie set. Established in 1862 during the height of the Gold Rush, one can easily envisage the early pioneers here.
Of particular interest is the Chinese settlement by the edge of the river, built in 1868 by Chinese gold miners.
People say the gold days are gone and that the only gold is to be found in the colour of the trees.
So I guess the person who found this just got lucky!
So, what is luxury? Some people would say this Gold Nugget, some would say it is a day of brilliant sunshine, for me, at that moment, luxury was having a pie for my lunch, just a pie and nothing else ... but it was not just any pie, it was perfect, golden, New Zealand pie.