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Historic Cottage by Arrow River in Autumn

Arrowtown, New Zealand

Arrowtown is a historic former gold mining town, rich in heritage and one of the South Island’s and New Zealand’s, iconic visitor destinations.

Located only 20 minutes’ drive from Queenstown, the spectacular scenery, distinct four seasons and charming character make Arrowtown a must do for visitors from all over the world. This delightful town has maintained its rich heritage and historic buildings and is now a vibrant destination with world class food and beverage, shopping and attractions.

Arrowtown is built on the banks of the Arrow River, once a rich source of gold, which attracted miners from around the world in pursuit of their fortune.  In 1862 thousands of miners flocked to the Arrow River to the cry of “gold!” At the height of the gold rush, the population reached 7,000. While the miners have now gone, the legacy of those early settlers has been retained in Arrowtown through careful preservation and it has become a treasure in its own right. The Lakes District Museum, located on the main street, is the focal point for the history of Arrowtown and the surrounding areas and is also the town's major Information Centre.

Restaurant on Buckinham Street

Restaurant on Buckinham Street

Sophisticated food and shopping

While Arrowtown has successfully preserved its rich heritage it has also developed to be a world-class destination. Arrowtown has a unique ambience with the historic downtown area offering a sophisticated range of fine clothing stores, art studios, galleries, cafés and restaurants, boutique accommodation and traditional pubs and bars. Free WiFi Public access hot spots give visitors internet access in central Arrowtown.

Some of the ‘must-dos’ in Arrowtown include visiting the historic Chinese miners village, now stone ruins but once a thriving settlement, trying your hand at gold panning in the Arrow river, visiting the Lakes District Museum or browsing through the boutique shopping precinct.

 

Autumn in Arrowtown

As well as the unique heritage precinct, shops and great food and wine, Arrowtown is also renowned for being one of the most amazing places in New Zealand to experience the colours of the four seasons.  In any season the town is a photographer’s dream and Arrowtown is renowned for its stunning autumn colours providing hues of gold and orange on the hillsides and surrounds during April and May. The Arrowtown Autumn Festival celebrates the golden season and provides popular activities and entertainment in mid-April.

Biking in Gibbston Valley

Biking in Gibbston Valley

Activities and attractions

Arrowtown is a great place for hiking or biking with easy access to the ‘Queenstown Trail,’ with tracks leading to Gibbston valley, Lake Hayes and Queenstown. There are also many smaller walking trails and cycle tracks, of varying degrees of difficulty, that either start or finish in Arrowtown as well as access to the famous Macetown and Motatapu Tracks.

Arrowtown is also a popular base for snow enthusiasts during winter, with four world class ski areas between 20 – 60 minutes’ drive away. The town is also a year-round golf lover’s paradise with three superb golf courses only five minutes away. There is the popular local Arrowtown Golf Course, The Hills course and Millbrook Resort, offering a 27 hole championship course that is home to the NZ Open.

 

More Information

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Things to do in Arrowtown Over Summer

In summer, Arrowtown offers hours of sun. Waterholes dotted along the Arrow River, picnic spots and walking trails surround the historic gold mining town.

Lake Hayes in Autumn for walking and hiking

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