The Valley Between Queenstown and Arrowtown

New Zealand Newspaper Article

A new article came out today in the Otago Daily Times about my recent move to New Zealand. I met the reporter, Christine McDonald, down at Motogrill where I pigged out during the interview. I asked her if it was okay if I ate while we talked. She said yes, so I really pushed that to the limits…

Daily Photo – The Valley Between Queenstown and Arrowtown

See that area down there? We’re in the middle of an epic house-hunting adventure right in the middle of it all.

I took this photo a few days ago on a drive to Wanaka. It was so pretty, I just had to pull over to take it! In fact, maybe I need to make this drive more often!

In the far distance is Queenstown, which is only about 15-20 mins from this spot. Down to the right, just beyond the edge, is nearby Arrowtown. I think there are about 1 million photographs somewhere in between.

The Valley Between Queenstown and Arrowtown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-04 15:14:32
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  • ISO100
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  • Wow – sooo beautiful – and full of all sorts of wonderful colors – I guess it’s new wallpaper for me! πŸ™‚

  • No snow yet? I’d love to see a followup pic from the same spot in a month when it is all wintry. First day of winter today!

  • Trey Ratcliff


  • Trey Ratcliff

    Nope – no snow yet!

  • Nice drive, isn’t it? Must have done it a thousand times and still love the views. Glad to see you’re getting in and amongst it all, mate! See you soon πŸ™‚

  • Gavin Jackson

    Beautiful shot – I think my wife and I drove this way a few years ago. Definitely adds a new definition to “Scenic drive”.

  • I know this spot.
    I’ve driven along this road a few years ago, and its a little farther down from where I shot towards Queenstown (No spam intended: though a little further down is where the drive gets… shall we say, interesting, with the number of hairpin turns down the hill.

    Gorgeious drive though… and it never gets old.

  • Beautiful landscape! A very nice article in the Otago Daily Times. I am looking forward to seeing more photos from New Zealand such a beautiful place.

  • I was hoping for more snow by now πŸ™‚ We will be down there in 2 weeks; so much to photograph and do.

  • You need to eat at the Speights ale house in Queenstown on the corner of Stanely st and Ballarat st. Its great, plus Speights is the most amazing beer ever.

  • Another superb shot. I think NZ is a photographers playground!

  • Ow, wow! You are one lucky b****! What a view!

  • What a magical place.

  • I love how the winding road snakes its way to the distant center.. Glad you are getting to enjoy the new stomping grounds! I hope your move goes well and you find an awesome new place. Did you have any problems selling your house in Texas? Our house was on the market for about 3 weeks before it sold. I think the rumors of the down market are a little exaggerated.

  • This is just a stunning image Trey. Congrats on the move.

  • Mike Jacobs

    I love the browns in this Image. Every new photo you post of New Zealand makes me want to go and visit this wonderfull country even more. Thyanks for sharing, and I look forward to more great images from here. Cheers!

  • The first thing that came to mind was the old movie “Escape from Witch Mountain.” See, I told you mountains were creepy. Why else would Disney make a movie about escaping from one of them?

  • scott haralson

    Nice photograph and I enjoyed the newspaper article too. But did you really call your mom “mum?” You’ll be speaking with that Kiwi accent in no time!

  • steve smart

    I could wake up to that view every morning, no problem
    perfect photo as usual, looks like your having fun.

  • Amazing Photo. You will not want to leave Queenie as there are so many magical shots. Quite deceiving this photo though as it doesn’t show how high you really are on the crown range. The basin is called the Wakatipu Basin πŸ™‚ You have the remakables Mountains on the left hand side and Coronet Peak on the lefthand side. Ski season has just started.

    Looking forward more of your photos.

  • Trey Ratcliff


  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks Jamie – yes I was quite high up! πŸ™‚

  • Trey Ratcliff

    hehe no – I called her “mom” ! πŸ™‚

  • Trey Ratcliff

    no snow yet… πŸ™

  • Hey Trey,

    What a great picture! My wife and I honeymooned there about 3 years ago and we’re both quite jealous of you and your family. While we were there we drove around this area nearly every day. One of the most memorable parts of the drive for me was the old, one lane bridge that crosses the Shotover river. (Google Maps link: I would love to see what you could do with this

  • Will be a different story this time next week.

  • Casper van Zyl

    Great country side,yea, there would 1000 plus photos to be had,beautiful.

  • Hi, Zach

    Trey might not have time to reply but I know the bridge you mean! Sadly its currently being widened and I’m not sure if its even photographable anymore… The surrounding area is fantastic however, no doubt trey will venture up & down the river more than once πŸ˜‰

  • Hey Eden,

    Well its certainly sad to hear they are changing the bridge. I’m sure it will be better for the community but still disappointing. Luckily, if memory serves me correctly, there are at least a couple other great places to take photos in New Zealand. πŸ˜‰ I can’t wait to see what Trey comes up with.

  • Alexis Coram

    Wow…that view isn’t too shabby, Trey πŸ™‚ Nice work!

  • Hi Trey. Welcome to Central Otago and a photographers heaven. Plenty for you to see and here, strongly recommend a trip to St Bathans. The blue pools need you…[email protected]/7112128839/

    Have fun at the winter festival. Bird Man today.


  • Trey Ratcliff


  • Trey Ratcliff

    Wow cool spot there! πŸ™‚

  • Trey Ratcliff

    I hope the new bridge is pretty! πŸ™‚

  • Bruce White

    My photo of the same place look sick by comparison. I was blown away by the fact that the place we were standing was infested by rose, shamrock and thistle. (three weeds)

  • Hello and welcome to New Zealand, Trey. Queenstown, Glenorchy, Wanaka are some of my favourite places in the world. Being a Kiwi, I can’t help but think it’s pretty cool you also liked them so much you actually moved there! I’m sure your work will provide an amazing level of awareness for our beautiful little country. So welcome and enjoy!

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