Mt Nicholas Station
One of the most historic and largest stations in New Zealand, Mt Nicholas dates back to the 1860s and spans 100,000 acres (40,000 hectares), from the shores of Lake Wakatipu to inland Southland.
With its towering mountain peaks, glistening lakes, beautiful river valleys, native forest and fourteen kilometres of beachfront, Mt Nicholas offers guests a large range of experiences.
These include mountain-biking, hiking and heli-adventures. The family-run, fully operational high country station also offers farm tours.
Due to its relative isolation, the station is largely self-sufficient. Hydro-electricity is produced on the farm and established gardens, free-range hens and farm-raised high country meats provide all the fresh and seasonal meals on the station.
The refurbished White’s Bay Cabin offers spectacular panoramic views of the lake and mountains, and dining options include a family dinner with the hosts, gourmet meals delivered to the cabin, or delicious picnic hampers.
Larger groups up to 20 can also be accommodated in The Shearers’ Quarters, which is also situated right on the lakefront.
New Orleans Hotel
The only historic hotel still operating in Arrowtown, the New Orleans Hotel was established in 1866 within four years of gold being discovered in the Arrow River in 1862.
Originally known as Fox’s Diggings after early goldminer William Fox, the Arrowtown settlement had swollen to an estimated 6,000 people by January 1863 and contained numerous hotels.
By the late 1870s only six hotels remained, including the New Orleans. The hotel eventually became the Central Hotel in the 1920s, but its name was changed back to the original in the 1970s.
The hotel offers easy access to the historic precinct of Arrowtown, including the Chinese miner’s village, a short walking distance away on the banks of the Arrow River.
Offering a range of 3 and 4-star accommodation and some stunning views of the Arrow River, the hotel also serves traditional pub fare from its in-house bar and restaurant.