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1. Arrowtown Village

Arrowtown Village

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The highest point in New Zealand, Arrowtown village is perfectly situated by the Banks Peninsula and is world famous for its historical architecture, scenic location and peaceful ambience. The town has one of the most fertile soils in the world owing to the nutritious volcanic ash resulting in rich vegetation and diverse wildlife which attracts tourists from all over the world.

2. Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

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Arrowtown has a fairly sized Chinese settlement which is known as the ‘Gold Rush Town’. This settlement came into existence in the 1860s, during the Otago Gold Rush era that marked a completely different and a historical era in the history of New Zealand.

3. Crown Range Road

Crown Range Road

10 km
from city center
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Crown Range Road is the highest main road in New Zealand, the highest point of it standing at a height of 1121 metres from sea level. This road is a stretch of 69 kilometres between the towns of Wanaka and Queensland offering some breath-taking views of the beautiful South Island. Visitors can also enjoy a beautiful view of the Arrowtown village and the Remarkables Range. This stretch is an alternate route between the two towns, the other one is through Cromwell which is longer but takes less time. The Crown Range is shorter but due to its difficult conditions, the travel time increases.

4. Sawpit Gully Trail

Sawpit Gully Trail

668 km
from city center
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The Sawpit Gully Trail is a beautiful trail loop measuring 7.7 km located at Butler’s Green in the Arrowtown Village. It is a favourite walking destination for many natives and tourists visiting the South Island. The trail is a complete package consisting of a picturesque track, steep slopes, and the visitors even have to cross a few streams on their way.

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5. Chard Farm Winery

Chard Farm Winery

348 km
from city center
5 out of 9
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Chard Farm is beautifully located overlooking the Kawarau River Gorge. Just 20 miles, the farm is quite reachable from Queenstown as well. The farm dates back to 1860, originally being a regular farm producing food for the mining workers of the district in the late 19th century, while a vineyard was fully grown in the late 1980s, and the winery was set up in 1993. The farm is open for a soulful wine tasting experience on all seven days of the week.

6. Tobins Track

Tobins Track

1 km
from city center
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An hour-long track for walking and biking, the Tobins Track starts from the bottom of Ford Street. Visitors can park their car in the car park adjacent to Ford Street and start walking after crossing a short bridge over the Arrow River.

7. Lake District Museum

Lake District Museum

3 km
from city center
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The Lake District Museum dates its establishment in 1948 to mark a century of the Otago project. The museum showcases an authentic impression of early Maori life, the European settlements and the gold mining era. in the region. Spread across three buildings, the museum has an art gallery for display, historical archives, a bookshop, a research facility, and an education program.

8. Arrow River

Arrow River

7 km
from city center
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The Arrow River is a small, icy river located in New Zealand’s South Island. Arrowtown, which is rich in heritage and natural beauty is on the western side of the river. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Queenstown, Arrow River is a great place and just a 45 minute’s drive away from Queenstown. The river is famous because of its gold deposits and the discovery led to many miners entering the district. This led to the formation of various settlements and Arrowtown was formed.

9. Arrowtown Gold Mines

Arrowtown Gold Mines

15,957 km
from city center
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Arrowtown is a small historic town located in New Zealand’s South Island and is known for its calm atmosphere and colonial architecture. The town is only a 45-minute’s drive from Queenstown and will transport you to the gold rush era of the 1800s. Thousands of miners from all over flocked here to make their fortune. You can visit the gold bearing Arrowtown River here and there are still traces of gold found in the waterways. Gold panning is a popular activity here and there are several places where you can hire shovels and pans and they can also show you how it's done.

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How can I commute within Arrowtown?

  • Car/Taxi – Arrowtown is just a 20 minute drive from Queensland, which makes it very accessible by car. There are plenty of parking spaces available in the town. If you want to hire a taxi, services such as Uber are popular and easily available in Queenstown, and will cost around NZD 50.

    You could opt to take the scenic route to Arrowtown from Queenstown, which is the same distance, and passes through picturesque valleys and farmland under Coronet Peak. Arrowtown is also a 40 minute drive from Cromwell, along SH6.

  • Bus – This is the cheapest way to get to Arrowtown from Queenstown. The Orbus service from Queenstown and Frankton is NZD 2. Line 2 of the public bus service also goes to Arrowtown.

  • Cycle – If you’re the sporty kind, you can also hire a bicycle from Queenstown and cycle down to Arrowtown, via the scenic Queenstown Trail. This trail goes through valleys and bridges with the best of views. It will be a 26 kilometre ride each way, so make sure you carry water and glucose with you!

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