Arrowtown Motel
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Arrowtown’s range of activities include scenic walks, golf, gold panning, historic walks, swimming, lawn bowls, 4WD excursions, galleries, the Chinese Miners Settlement and the Lakes District Museum. Further afield are heliskiing, heli-biking, wineries, river-rafting, bungy jumping, 4 wd excursions, Craft Beer and Distillery Tours and the list goes on and on.....

Here is a site link to access a trail map: http://queenstowntrail.co.nz/

The following companies are recommended by us: There is a lot of choice in this area and very difficult to decide on who to go with. We have tried these and can personally recommend them.

QUEENSTOWN BIKE TOURS (based in Arrowtown)

Hire a bike and head off for half a day or full day, includes bike, helmet, map and panniers. Tracks to suit all abilities. They can pick you up from the motel if needed. Take yourself on a self-guided pedal tour of historic Arrowtown or take one of their guided tours (always good fun!) and head further afield. There are plenty of trails nearby suitable for all fitness levels. 

Taste of Gibbston Valley Wine cave Tour: (see details on their website) Adult $145
Gibbston Winery Tour: Adult $185 - Pick up from motel, ride Queenstown trail from Arrowtown through to Gibbston, tastings from 4 select vineyards, delicious platter for lunch, return transport from wine trail to accom (well you won't be able to cycle after all that wine!). Best day ever!!!!!

Self-drive rates:
Half day hire only: Adult $45 Child $30
Full day hire only: Adult $55 Child $35

Electric bikes:
Full day hire: $120 Half Day hire: $80

Bike hire with return accom transport: Adult $95 Child $55

Too tired to make the retur trip? Gibbston to Arrowtown shuttle Adult: $20 Child: $10 Babies ride for free

Bookings highly recommended: email us info@arrowtownmotel.co.nz and we can book it for you at no extra cost.



Let these guys design the perfect day for you.

Historic Arrowtown Tour - 2.5 hours
Departs Daily: 9.30am, 10.45am and 2pm
Adult $49  Child $29  Family $139 (2 adults 2 children)

Your personal guide will help you uncover Arrowtown's intriguing history. Photo stop at Lake Hayes (the 'mirror' lake), historical hot spots, commentary, stories and local charm, spectacular scenery, free time to shop, sample cusine and explore, includes pick-up and drop off from the motel.

Arrowtown - Wanaka - Half and Full-day Tours
Half-day tour daily: 12 pm - 5.30 pm
Full-day tour Daily: 9 am - 4 pm

Small group tours taking in spectacular scenery and one of the worlds top 10 holiday destinations, Wanaka. Explore Arrowtown, The chinese Village (if you have already done this part they can tailor-make the tour for you leaving this part out) and onto the Cardrona valley, visit Wanaka and photograph the world-famous Wanaka Tree, wander around the shops or sample the gorgeous cafes and restaurants, have a complimentary ale at NZ's most photographed pub - The Cardrona Hotel. Retuen to Arrowtown/Queenstown

Full-day tour includes all of the above and Old Cromwell town, Lake Dunstan, Kawarau Gorge and morning tea.

Highly recommended as a fabulous way to see this area and be well informed about the history and it's charm.
Bookings recommended: email us info@arrowtownmotel.co.nz and we can book it for you at no extra cost.


Southern Explorer

Watch this viseo and I guarantee you will want to take one of these tours.

Be taken on a journey of discovery through some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery. Learn about the history and environment from the local guides, and relax and enjoy the adventure that is Southern Explorer. Join an experienced local guide on a 4WD scenic tour into the wild back country areas of Skippers Canyon, Macetown, Arrowtown or Glenorchy. Travel along roads carved from steep hillsides by hand in the 1880’s, over canyons, up rivers and beside mountain lakes to discover the history and majestic beauty of these once busy gold rush areas.
Duration of scenic tours approx. 4 hours.

- Summer Departure times 8.30am & 1.30pm

- Winter departure times 10am.

Ask us about their tour photos and videos - provided by bumper cam!

Refreshments provided on most tours.

Check out more fabulous adventures online www.southernexplorer.co.nz

Bookings recommended: we can do this for you at no extra charge. E-mail us on info@arrowtownmotel.co.nz



Sunrise Balloons is based in Queenstown. Flights are scheduled daily, all year round, weather permitting.

Hot Air Balloon rides/flights with Sunrise Balloons take place in the valleys between Queenstown and Arrowtown with magnificent views of the unique terrain.

Experience sunrise over the lakes and mountains from the serenity of a hot air balloon. Share an incredible morning with the whole family. You’ll float gently with the breeze, enjoying incredible panoramic views. Inflight photos are taken during the flight & are available for purchase during a champagne style breakfast at your landing spot.

Transport is provided to and from the motel. Launch site is only a 10-minute drive from downtown Queenstown! Passengers need to call Sunrise Balloons 30 minutes before pick up time to find out if flight is operating (weather permitting).

Bookings recommended: we can do this for you at no extra charge. E-mail us on info@arrowtownmotel.co.nz



Yes something for FREE!!!! Walk your way around the streets of Queenstown with a friendly local guide and see its beauty through his/her eyes. Learn about the history of QT and its entertainment, enjoy food samples and local beer tasting. No bookings needed, just turn up at Memorial Archway, Marine Parade on the waterfront in Queenstown. Look out for a guy wearing a bright yellow t-shirt with the triangular black logo. For everyone from backpackers to billionaires - you'll be well entertained!!!!
Limited numbers. Duration 2 - 2.5 hours

Two tours every day - 10 am and 2 pm. 

Tips are always welcome!


Coronet Peak Ski Area

New Zealand is home to the Southern Alps, a magnificent mountain range forming the back bone of the South Island. It is at the edge of this winter wonderland that Coronet Peak lies.

Over 60 years of passion for snowsports and a commitment to quality have created a much loved ski area at Coronet Peak, whilst a multi-million dollar makeover in recent years has elevated this mountain to true international status.

Just 20 minutes drive from Arrowtown, Coronet Peak’s stunning base building provides sophisticated facilities and magnificent views of the Wakatipu Basin and beyond. The cafe, restaurant and bar areas sport floor to ceiling views and open to a massive deck, ideal for relaxing, watching the action and enjoying regular live entertainment.

The country’s largest fully automated snow-making system helps Mother Nature provide consistently good skiing and riding from early June until the end of September.

Coronet Peak is renowned for its rolling terrain providing exhilarating skiing and riding for all levels. A range of programmes and facilities including a fully licensed creche and all day children’s programmes, offer fun and progression for everyone over the age of three months.


Remarkables Ski Area

Known for its friendly, relaxed atmosphere, The Remarkables is perfect for beginners, novices, youth and entire families.

Just 45 minutes from Queenstown, the Remarks’ high altitude and north-facing slopes provide versatile terrain across three natural bowls. Expansive beginner areas, a tubing park, three terrain parks, off-piste chutes and big mountain terrain add up to winter fun for all ages.

Sheltered by towering peaks, the base building is home to all facilities including a newly expanded cafe and large sun deck, both of which are perfect for enjoying refreshments, observing children on adjacent learners’ slopes or just people-watching.

First timers have fantastic fun at their own pace on gentle slopes equipped with three surface conveyor lifts. Once comfortable and up-skilled, it’s an easy graduation for them to the intermediate trails and beginner terrain park of Alta Blue – complete with fun features such as a Cork Screw and small jumps aimed at gentle progression.

Children have a ball thanks to a range of programmes suited to all ages and abilities. The fully licensed Skiwiland Early Learning Centre accommodates children aged between three months and five years. From Skiwiland they graduate to a variety of ski and ride programmes suited to ages and abilities up to 15 years. Children aged ten and under get free day lift passes every day of the season.

The Remarkables is also favoured by advanced freeskiers and riders who come for the superb terrain parks and the lift-serviced back country style runs and chutes. There is a world-class advanced terrain park and the Southern Hemisphere’s only Stash, a revolutionary Burton signature terrain park plus sensational terrain for big mountain skiers and riders who love the thrill of fresh tracks and deep powder. A dedicated park team, advanced snowmaking systems and a fleet of Pisten Bully snow groomers work to keep terrain consistently shaped and groomed to a high quality.

The longest run at The Remarkables is the 1.5 km Homeward Run, which has a vertical drop of 350 metres and is widely considered New Zealand’s best backcountry in-bounds ski experience.


Cardrona Alpine Resort

Cardrona Alpine Resort is a relaxed and friendly ski resort and snowboard resort located between Wanaka and Queenstown, New Zealand.

Cardrona Mountain Statistics

  • Base Area Elevation: 1670m
  • Highest Lifted Point: 1860m
  • Vertical Rise: 600m
  • Terrain: 345 hectares

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

  • 20% Beginner
  • 55% Intermediate
  • 25% Advanced

Operating hours: 9am – 4pm daily

Season: 22nd June to 7th October 2012

Average Annual Snowfall: 2.7 metres. Snowmaking to supplement natural snow in the Main and Captain’s Basins.


  • 2 quad fixed chairlift
  • 2 quad express chairlifts
  • 2 surface conveyor lifts
  • 1 platter tow lift
  • Lift capacity 11,000 people per hour

Base Facilities

  • Snow shop
  • Full ski and snowboard rental services including workshop
  • On Mountain accommodation
  • Snowfoto - on mountain photography of you and your family
  • Ticketing & guest services
  • Medical Centre - Cardrona’s medical facilities, equipment, curriculum and of course staff are of a very high
  • standard. A registered doctor is on duty at all times, and a physiotherapist is on standby. Trained patrol staff
  • monitor on-slope safety constantly.
  • Bag check is available in rental for the small fee of $5
  • A card phone is located in the Base cafeteria
  • Public email is available on the mountain for those who cannot wait to send the good news home about Cardrona!

Ski and Snowboard Instruction, Coaching and Child Care and Development

  • Ski & Snowboard School
  • High Performance Centre dedicated to helping ski race, snowboard and free-ski athletes.
  • kids@cardrona



Scenic Helicopter Flights

Flights from Cromwell Basin - 20 mins @ $199 pp

Add an Alpine/Snow Landing - 30-45 mins @ $299 pp


Guided Excursions $449 pp

Self-ride excursion $399 pp

Heli-shuttle (uplift only) $199 pp

We can book these for you at no extra charge, just speak to us at reception or email us on info@arrowtownmotel.co.nz