Arrowtown Travel Guide

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Arrowtown Things to Do

  • Historical Arrowtown

    The main street of Arrowtown is a favourite with visitors. Boutiques and gallerys share space with cafes and candy stores - all with well preserved shop fronts. There are even historical telephone boxes and post boxes.

  • Arrowtown for Autumn

    The historic goldmining town of Arrowtown is popular for more than just well preserved buildings. It holds an annual Autmn Festival. Unfortunately I missed the festival by a week but the colours were still brilliant.

  • Historic Area of Arrowtown

    The Arrow Basin was formed when the great glaciers carved out the Wakatipu Basin.Local Maori had settled in the area by the 1700s.William Rees and Nicholas von Tunzelmann were the first Europeans to establish farms in the area. Jack Tewa, a shearer for Rees, was the first to discover gold around May 1861, followed by either William (Bill) Fox or...

  • Tobins Track

    A 250m climb will get you some fantastic views over Arrowtown and the surrounding basin.Tobins Track was constructed in the 1870's to give access to Cardrona over the Crown Range Road. It is a legal public road that 4WDs can use. A footbridge by the ford crosses over the Arrow river and from there it is a steady climb to the top for a great...

  • Arrow River Walk

    The Arrow River is a short river which runs through Arrowtown where gold was discovered by William Fox in the Arrow river during the Central Otago goldrush of the 1860's.There is a short but scenic walk along the banks of the river starting in Arrowtown. It isn't very strenuous and takes you to an historic walk bridge.

  • Chinese Settlement

    Just to the north of Arrowtown, on the banks of Bush Creek, is the partially restored Arrowtown Chinese Settlement. It is a stark reminder of the harsh and brutal living conditions in their search for wealth in gold.Census figures for 1874 reveal that there were 3,564 Chinese in Otago. They were often victims of discrimination and lived on the...

  • Lakes District Museum

    on the main street, this little museum captures the history of the Lakes District area.Its has various displays of the mining past, collections of books, photographs and newspapers. The museum also organises tour if required.

  • Chinese Camp

    This old miners camp is well worth a visit, its only metres down the track behind the Arrowtown main street.There are some good interpretive signs and historic photographs of the settlement which dates from the 1860's. It will take you around an hour to wander around and soak up the atmosphere. The Chinese miners build some stone wingdams into the...

  • Visit Macetown

    This is a great 4WD or mountain bike or walk into the 21kms from Arrowtown to the historic mining settlement of Macetown.You cross the Arrow river around 19 times if taking the 4WD drive track, recently there have been 2 different walking tracks developed that take you dryly into this splendid area.Once in, you can see the old gold diggings area...


Arrowtown Hotels

Arrowtown Restaurants

  • Sit ouside and enjoy coffee and scones

    On a lovely sunny autumn day this busy little cafe was the perfect place to sit and take in the atmosphere. We chose to sit outside in Ballarat Arcade, where the seating was off the main thoroughfare. Service prompt and friendly. Coffee and scones - Yum!

  • Nice setting, choices--unique pizzas!

    Can't describe the inside since it was a gorgeous day and we sat outside at one of their several tables next to Buckingham Green.Quick, helpful service, range of choices, including wine. Favorite dish--besides the Two Paddocks "Picnic" Riesling--was a crispy Bella Donna pizza: Smoky bacon, mushrooms, garlic, blue cheese, & avocado. Flavors...

  • A Weekend Affair

    The Stables Restaurant and Wine Bar is situated on the main street, but tucked back from the road, overlooking the Town Green. It has a friendly relaxed atmosphere with efficient and attentive service provided by staff.There are all day, lunch and dinner menus. Also, a selection of fresh cafestyle baking each day - was boysenberry muffins when we...

  • Arrowtown Dining

    This new addition to the Arrowtown dining collection showcases a wide selection of locally available produce with some international fare also..Relaxed al fresco a la carte dining with overlooking the main street watching the world go by.... The tempura fish and chips with homemade tartare sauce is nice. As is the Stewart Island salmon with...

  • Best pies

    The Arrowtown Bakery and Cafe is home of the great Arrowtown Bakery Pie including the local specialty of venison.They have a great selection of hot and cold bakery products, homemade breads and fresh gourmet pies.

  • Good Breakfast

    Hotel is in the main street of town, atmosphere was good considering we were the only 2 people eating there. We had bacon & eggs on toast and tea & coffee. was good value.


Arrowtown Nightlife

  • Arrowtown Gems

    Arrowtown has stunning boutique restaurants, and bars.our favorites are Saffron - fine New Zealand food, Pesto Italian and the secret tuck away bar - Blue Door in the same alley.Explore other alley ways for Mantra - Indian, Automatic - Noodle Bar, Arrow thai , and the infmaous joes gargae for coffee and breakfast or lunch - try the sweetie or the...

  • The Royal Oak

    Here's a picture of the pub in Arrow Town - The Royal Oak. They do great lunches and a great place to watch Rugby.Nice for a drink in the evening. You can drink outside in the summer.

  • Only one!

    This new boutique theatre and bar has been touted by movie-goers as the best in New Zealand. What's so good about this little Arrowtown theatre? For a start, huge seats with armrests for pizza and wine glasses. Then there is the decor, a mix of romantic charm and funky modernism; the films, mostly arthouse; and the bar and roaring fire. Casual,...


Arrowtown Transportation

  • Picture postcard NZ

    There are some really scenic country roads between Queenstown and Arrowtown that are worth exploring.Some of the scenery is purely picture postcard New Zealand!

  • Getting to Arrowtown from Queenstown

    You can get two buses from Queenstown to Arrowtown. They both depart from The Top of the Mall on Camp Street in Queenstown.The one I have seen is the The Double Decker bus Tour which uses a Red London bus. You can image the shock we got when driving around arrowtown, come all this way and find a London route master on the New Zealand roads. Call...

  • Double Decker Bus

    One of the best way to experience Arrowtown and surroundings such as Kawarau River, Gibbston Valley, Lake Hayes etc is by taking the famous red double decker bus which starts from the town centre of Queenstown. The bus driver is friendly and will also act as your local guide. A full trip is about NZ$30.


Arrowtown Shopping

  • Buckingham Street

    Arrowtown's stores have something for everybody, with a wide range of quality New Zealand made merchandise to choose from. Most shops are located along Buckingham Street, or in the lanes/arcades off it.Because Arrowtown is a popular tourist destination, most shops are open seven days a week, including public holidays. You can buy locally crafted...

  • White Sheep

    Ba Ba Black Sheep have you any wool?Many will stop by at Buckingham Street to have a picture taken with this sheep just outside the shop which is located a few shops away from the Wool Press.The sheep became the mascot of the shop and drew in large crowd to shop for woolen material.Yes Sir, Yes Sir, three bags full.

  • English sweets in Arrowtown??

    The name of this cute little sweet shop (candy store) is a play on words - nearby you have The Remarkables, a stunning, jagged range of mountains. It IS remarkable to find a shop like this in New Zealand, with shelves crammed with glass jars full of old-fashioned sweets familiar not just to my childhood but to my parents. Come to think of it, it's...


Arrowtown Local Customs

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    Autumn Festival

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Jan 9, 2004

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    Each April the streets of Arrowtown are transformed with festivities as Arrowtown celebrates its goldmining heritage by way of the Autumn Festival. The locals don period costumes and provide an opportunity for all to join in art, craft and music activities.

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Arrowtown Off The Beaten Path

  • Use Crown Range

    From Cadrona, you have two choices of how you can get to Arrowtown and Queenstown. One, is by going through Cromwell, or two, the rough and tumble of Crown Range, which is also a longer but a much more scenic drive.Since we can from afar, we might as well do the latter. One interesting point to note is that the Crown Range Road is the highest main...

  • Kawarau River

    This river is another location where the Lord of the Rings was being filmed. The river is also famous for its bungy jump off a bridge, and this was the first commercial bungee jump in the world.

  • Gibbston Valley

    Near to Arrowtown is the Gibbston Valley which is famous for its wineries and cheese factory. This will be a good outing from Arrowtown.


Arrowtown Sports & Outdoors

  • Walking

    Arrowtown is a great starting point for many walks. The Lakes District Museum Information Centre can provide maps and guides.Macetown Walking Track 6-8 hours returnOtago 150th Anniversary Walk (The Loop) - From Bedford St or Ford St. 45- 60 minutesSawpit Gully - 3 hours returnThe Chinese Village - 30 minutes from MuseumTobins Track - 2 hours...

  • Guided Day Hikes

    Arrowtown Lodge & Hiking Co offers over 15 different guided day hikes in the hills near Arrowtown and in the Queenstown Southern Lakes district. The walks can be divided into 3 different categories Historic Hikes: These explore the historic goldmining sites of the 1860's when the area around Arrowtown became the site of one of the most frenzied...

  • Arrowtown Hotels

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Arrowtown Favorites

  • Very old tree.

    Here in Arrowtown, on one of the main corners, right by the old miners' cottages, stands one of the regions old trees. Certainly very old by NZ standards, remembering out history is very young.This is the MARY COTTER TREE, and was planted in 1867.I guess it is one of the oldest pioneer planted trees, rather than a native. The Mary Cotter Tree is...

  • The Old Post & Telegraph Office

    This old post office, although adjacent to the site of the original one, was rebuilt in 1915. It was renovated in 1988 and is now run as a postal agency by the Lakes District Museum.The pillar postbox is Edwardian and originally from Invercargill. These old buildings are interesting to see how they are constructed, but also they have a certain...

  • Walk through the old Chinese Miners...

    At the Western end of town, walking distance from the main street, you will find the restored Chinese Miners Village. There are several examples of huts they build from stone. What is amazing is how small they are and seemingly how small the men must have been.See more photos in my Chinese Village Travelogue


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