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Best Time: December - February Read More

Ideal duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest Airport: Queenstown Airport Check Flights

"Where History Meets Nature"

Arrowtown Tourism

Located at just a 20 minute drive from Central Queenstown, the small picturesque settlement of Arrowtown is the perfect place to spend a day at. It is an absolute delight for a nature lover, nestled in the middle of beautiful, green mountains and a serene river. It is a local hotspot for outdoor activities such as hiking, walking, camping, and cycling.

One could also go and 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 located 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 just a playground, but 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. If you visit during the winter, you can engage in various winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding!

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Things to Do

  • 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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