WHERE NATURE MEETS HISTORY
Whether you're a nature lover, an outdoor adventurer, a museum visitor or a shop browser, Arrowtown will WOW you.
It's peaceful and charming and full of surprises. Take a scenic leisurely walk, or hire a bike, play some golf, try your luck at gold panning (there is still lots of gold in the Arrow River), visit nearby wineries, take an historic guided or self-walking tour around the village, have a swim in the crystal clear swimming holes along the Arrow River or in Lake Hayes, book a 4x4 excursion with thrilling river crossings and steep gorges, nurture your creative side at art galleries and quirky bespoke shops, take in a movie at the cutest-ever cinema, eat, shop or just sit still beside the river with a picnic and listen to the birds.
For the more adventurous, try heli-skiing, heli-biking, a hot air balloon trip, white-water rafting, kayaking, bungy jumping, ice-skating, horse-riding, Craft Beer and Distillery Tours .... and the list goes on. Queenstown is so close and most tour companies operating from Queenstown will happily fetch you from the motel or arrange to meet you on route.
WALK ARROW RIVER
No trip to Arrowtown is complete without getting out into nature and breathing in the fresh mountain air. There's a walking track to suit every level of fitness and ability but a good start is the Arrowtown River Trail which is super easy and relatively flat. Read about all the tracks on offer.
CYCLE THE MANY TRAILS
This area boasts a huge variety of bike trails for all skill levels. Bring your own or hire one and set out for a day in the vineyards, amble gently around the Arrow River or nearby Lake Hayes, or challenge yourself to a ride into nearby Macetown to soak up some history and discover stunning scenery.
With 4 nearby ski fields and mostly clear blue skies in winter, Arrowtown is the most convenient place to base yourself. A 15 min drive to the bottom of Coronet Peak skifield and 30 mins to The Remarkables or just 40 mins over the Crown Range to Cardrona or the Snow Farm, not forgetting Treble Cone just outside of Wanaka. Value-for-money ski packages are available if you need lessons and gear hire. Transport to all ski-fields also available. No excuses.
Yip, there's still gold in the Arrow river and it's worth a try don't you think? Hire a pan from the Museum in Buckingham Street and then head to the river to strike it rich. Or get down to the Chinese Village at Dudley's Cottage where you are guaranteed a find and they'll also give you some great tips on where to find your fortune in the river.
eat, drink AND SHOP
We are spoilt for choice with countless restaurants, bars, cafes and great shopping. From casual dining to award winning restaurants, choose from NZ contemporary to Indian, Thai, Italian, Asian-fusion, bistro meals, to pies and pastries. The Fork and Tap Ale House greets you as you enter the town and is our top pick. It has a great outdoor bar area with a safe space for kids to play. Fantastic fresh food and great pizzas.
For shoppers Arrowtown offers a huge variety of boutique style shopping (no chain stores here) which cater for fashion-lovers to gift givers, gold and jewellery lovers, interior shoppers, art buyers and of course NZ curios to take home with you.
Sit back and let others drive you through awe-inspiring scenery and breathtaking backcountry locations such as Skippers Canyon or nearby Macetown. Both offering a thrilling off-road adventure with many river crossings. Choose either a half or full day tour and be prepared to be blown away by the beauty. Group sizes are kept small to ensure a personal experience
lakes district museum
A must-do. Lakes District Museum offers a fascinating insight into the history of the Southern Lakes District. The museum also houses an art gallery, bookshop, archives and research facility and a busy education programme. With unique displays and special exhibitions gallery, they also provide information about the area and are a booking agent for visitor attractions in Queenstown and Arrowtown. They stock a wide selection of interesting books, maps, art prints and souvenirs. Also worth visiting is the historic Post Office across the road which is run by them as well.
If golf is your game, Arrowtown is surrounded by several top-class golf courses. With Arrowtown Golf Club, Millbrook Resort and the Hills right on our doorstep, not to forget Queenstown Golf Course and the stunning Jack's Point just a short drive away. Its fair to say this is golfers paradise.
PICNIC AT LAKE HAYES
A favourite amongst locals, Lake Hayes is spectacular on a good day. Pack a picnic or grab a bottle of wine and some cheese and head down to the waters edge. With easy access and lots of parking, plus a great walk around the Lake, it's a fabulous way to spend a balmy summers afternoon.
Whether you're a wine connoisseur or not, one sip of the local pinot noir from this area will prove the effort is totally worthwhile. The scenery is breathtaking, the wine superb, the people fascinating and passionate about their craft.
Gibbston Valley is only a 10 minute drive from the motel, passing the A J Hackett bungy on route. Even if you're not a thrill junky, it's worth a stop there to check out those mad enough to jump. A stunning building and good coffee shop!