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A delightful alpine village with gold rush history, Arrowtown, New Zealand overflows with small town heritage and big time charm. Arrowtown captures the best of New Zealand's scenic beauty, situated just below the impressive peaks that surround Arrow River. With a lively town center, a variety of nature trails and quirky local businesses, Arrowtown is a travel destination that offers peace and restitution.
Things to do in Arrowtown
Trace the town's history along Buckingham Street, where a stretch of heritage buildings and miners' cottages make their home. You'll find a host of shops, galleries and restaurants that embody local flair and favor. Drop by the Lakes District’s only museum for a regional history lesson from the early days of the Maori to the exciting mining period of the late 1800s. Take a walk through Arrowtown’s Chinese Village to learn even more of the mining era and the immigrants who lived and worked near town. Enjoy a classic film at Dorothy Brown’s, a boutique cinema in town that features art house and general release movies. Taste the culinary delights of Arrowtown by popping into one of the local sweets shops or cafes. Take a stroll or ride a bike on the walking and cycling tracks in the area. You’ll be impressed by the mountain vista and spectacular river view. If you find yourself drawn to Arrow River, it’s definitely not just because of the abundance of fish. Arrow River is one of the world’s richest sources of gold, so start panning — you might unearth a nugget or two.
Day trips from Arrowtown
Arrowtown is located about 20 kilometers from Queenstown, a major tourist destination located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Whether you’re looking for a picture-perfect lakeside getaway or a town with a full calendar of events, Queenstown always has a flurry of activities and attractions going on throughout the year. The town of Glenorchy is another town by the lake, along the northern shore, to be exact. If the landscape looks familiar, that’s because you might have seen it as the backdrop to the Lord of the Rings or Narnia movies. This area has some of the best hiking trails, but if hiking isn’t your thing, horse trekking, jet boating and kayaking are other popular recreational activities near Glenorchy. Wanaka is another lakeside spot, located around 55 kilometers from Arrowtown. Wanaka is the perfect starting point for a hiking or climbing excursion in Mt. Aspiring National Park. Canyoning, fishing, tramping and skydiving are also popular regional pastimes all year round. For a jaunt into wine country, Central Otago is the place to go. Pass through the towns of Bannockburn, Cromwell, Alexandra and Clyde to find around 80 or so wineries near by. The local Pinot Noir is the region’s claim to fame, and the area prides itself on fresh, seasonal foods.
You won’t be scrambling to find accommodations in Arrowtown. There are plenty of quiet, sophisticated options around, from luxury resorts to motor camp cabins. Stay close to the heart of town in a bed and breakfast a few minutes’ walk from main street. Book a lodge surrounded by nature to serve as home base for your outdoor activities. Retreat into the wild, to a cottage converted from a 145-year-old storehouse into an serene resting place. Reserve a hotel, suite, villa or cottage-style accommodations at a 5-star resort if you prefer a bit more pampering. Planning on an extended trip? Check out Arrowtown’s apartment-style rentals, some of which offer discounts the longer your stay.
Transportation in Arrowtown
The nearest airport is Queenstown International Airport, a 15 minutes’ drive from town. There are a number of rental car options available at the airport, and two scenic routes to town if you’re driving in from Queenstown. Link buses travel the Queenstown-Arrowtown route throughout the day, and direct buses to Arrowtown leave from Frankton Hub. Connectabus offers public transportation service in Arrowtown, as well as in nearby Queenstown and Wanaka. You’ll find Connectabus rides departing the airport and Queenstown approximately every 15 minutes. Once you’re in Arrowtown, the area is safe to explore on foot or by bike.
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