Arrowtown is built on the banks of the Arrow River, once a rich source of gold in the 1860’s and now a sophisticated, multi-cultural town catering to the refined tastes of its visitors from around the globe. Spectacular scenery, four very distinct seasons and a tranquil atmosphere attract locals from New Zealand and visitors from all around the world to this wee charming village.
Arrowtown offers an ambiance not found elsewhere in New Zealand with its shops, restaurants, cafes, offices and galleries located within a tight precinct. The town is centred around Buckingham Street, the main street, and the lanes and arcades around it are a shopping attraction, offering a wide range of quality products including fashion, jade, gold (of course) gifts and local wines. Come and visit, stay awhile and enjoy the time exploring the streets and lanes, feel the atmosphere, relive the history, soak up the spectacular scenery and feel part of the unique, dynamic community (population: 2,400) that live here. 1 night is simply not enough in this gorgeous place.
The Lakes District Museum, is also the town’s major Information Centre and is located on the main street. It is the focal point for all the history of our village and the surrounding areas.
Arrowtown is recognised as the walking and biking centre of the Wakatipu and the many walking trails and cycle tracks of the area either start or finish in the town. The Information Centre inside the Museum can provide you with maps and local information.
At the heart of the Southern Lakes District, Arrowtown’s long hot summer days and stunning autumn colours are followed by crisp clear snowy winters and a verdant spring. The seasonal changes are best reflected in the historic tree lined avenue, where in autumn the leaves of gold and red are celebrated with an Annual Autumn Festival, and provide photographers and artists with inspiration.
VISITORS CAN ENJOY:
- gold panning and tours around historic buildings
- 4x4 tours to Macetown and the back country
- a stroll through the Chinese Miners Settlement
- the Lakes District’s Museum
- watch a movie at Dorothy Browns - a boutique cinema
- tee off on a choice of golf-courses (Millbrook, Arrowtown Golf Course and The Hills)
- shops, shops and more shops
- restaurants, cafes, coffee shops abound
- a leisurely stroll along the beautiful Arrow River
- visit art galleries
- cycle tours and multiple self-explore tracks
- craft beer and distillery tours
- hire a bike and explore the back streets
- numerous walking trails, around the river and Lake Hayes as well as into the back country
- wine-tasting at the region’s best wineries
- family adventures (rafting, ziptrekking, cycling)
- artist galleries
- fishing trips
- skiing in the winter
Food has a special focus in Arrowtown from fine dining restaurants to a range of International cuisine, all serving the freshest New Zealand produce, from cafes and bars to sweet treats, ice-creams and take-aways. So much choice. (see our favourites under the wine and dine Arrowtown tab)
Arrowtown is 20 minutes from Queenstown, and 15 minutes from the Queenstown International Airport.