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"Where History Meets Nature"

Arrowtown Tourism

Located just a 20-minute drive from Central Queenstown, the quaint and picturesque Arrowtown is the perfect place for a quick weekend getaway from the city. It is an absolute delight for nature lovers as its nestled amidst beautiful green mountains and the beautiful Arrow River. It is a local hotspot for outdoor activities such as hiking, walking, camping and cycling.

Historically known for being a gold mining town, Arrowtown has come a long way from the days of the Gold Rush. One could explore the historic gold mines in Arrow River, and even give gold panning a shot! The famous Lake Hayes and Queenstown Trail are also located here, which are great for relaxing in the lap of nature.

The Lakes District Museum here is said to be one of the best small museums in all of New Zealand. You could also bring out the child inside you at The Playground, which is a one-of-its-kind attraction which can be described informally as a playground for adults. It has activities such as human foosball, bubble soccer, paintball and archery combat and promises to be a great experience for groups of friends or families. For all history buffs, there are also the ancient Chinese settlements, which are worth exploring to get a culturally diverse approach to this otherwise New Zealander town. If you visit during the winter, you can engage in various winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding!

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  • Hiking/Walking/Cycling – You could go hiking on the popular and scenic Queenstown Trail, which is 68 kilometres long, but has several shorter parts which you can explore. There are various tour providers which organize hiking trips to different trails around Arrowtown.
  • Gold Panning – You could try your hand at panning some gold in the Arrow River, which has attracted people for millions of years. You can also secure the ‘Arrowtown Mining Company’ certificate for a successful panning attempt!
  • Explore the town – Going around this quaint town on foot is the best way to see it, and you can look at various small eateries and the unique flora of the place.

Who Should Be Going

Arrowtown is a must-visit for all nature lovers, and those who are interested in activities like hiking, walking and cycling. Those who aren’t into outdoor activities can relax by Lake Hayes or have a picnic along the Arrow River.

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What is the best time to visit Arrowtown?

The best time to visit Arrowtown would be during the summer months from December to February, when the temperatures range between 20 and 29 degrees. Most activities are up and running during these months of the year. June to September are the winter months, when all of Arrowtown is covered by a blanket of white snow. The autumn season, from March to May, has highly unpredictable weather, and temperatures can vary between -3 and 20 degrees.  September to November is the spring season, when the town is at its scenic best.
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What are the places near Arrowtown?

The top places near to Arrowtown are Queenstown which is 16 km from Arrowtown, Invercargill which is located 168 km from Arrowtown, Te anau which is located 102 km from Arrowtown, Glenorchy which is located 36 km from Arrowtown, Dunedin which is located 167 km from Arrowtown

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