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A Long Way Home

“We spent a couple of days in Arrowtown, a welcome distance from the summer crowds of nearby Queenstown. Retaining its gold-rush charm, the main street is a cluster of heritage-style shops and original miners’ cottages, making it easy to imagine the lives of families who emigrated here to make their fortune panning the Arrow River for gold. New Zealand may not have seen the rise and fall of empires or had the likes of Shakespeare walk its streets, but our country has an intrepid history all its own, something I was only now beginning to appreciate.”