Just outside Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island lies the very picturesque town of Arrowtown. Unlike Queenstown which is noisy, Arrowtown is comparatively peaceful with various walks stemming from the centre of town. There are some lovely period buildings here too from the Gold Rush, and an interesting preserved Chinese settlement which illustrates well how hard immigrants had it in pursuit of riches.
I decided to walk up the Arrow River (intrepidly following a well-trodden trail along a large pipeline) first thing in the morning (where apparently the River Bruinen was shot in the Lord of the Rings film…I can just about imagine it!) and came across a weta walking up the rather dusty path towards me. While not the biggest species of weta, I hope you get a sense of the muscles on the back legs! This one was probably about 3 inches long.