Historic Arrowtown, is a New Zealand treasure which will have you truly enchanted. It is a scenic 20 minute drive from Queenstown, and close to all its ski fields.
Arrowtown is quirky and charming – a delightful gold rush village nestled below the beautiful peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River.
The town is built on the banks of the Arrow River, a rich source of gold in the 1860s that led to the town’s boom, with the population of the previously small community rising to over 7,000 at the height of the gold rush. Modern Arrowtown is permanent home to slightly over 2,000 people, but every year (and all-year round) it welcomes thousands of visitors from all over the world to its unique collection of restaurants, cafes, shops, offices and art and craft galleries. Its unique historical character has been wonderfully preserved and many of the buildings you can see in Arrowtown today are the well-preserved, original homes built by European and Chinese immigrants during the town’s gold mining days.
Arrowtown’s excellent Lakes District Museum doubles as the town's information centre and is located on the main street. It is hub for the heritage of Arrowtown and the surrounding area.
Arrowtown is also just a 20 minute drive from New Zealand’s adventure capital and alpine resort, Queenstown.
- Visiting the gold-mining ghost town of Macetown
- Four-wheel driving
- Winery visits and tours
- Playing golf at the nearby international-standard golf resort, Millbrook
- Browsing and buying at the town’s unique collection of shops
- Skiing at one of the many excellent local fields
- Fine dining
- World-class trout fishing
- Many outstanding walks and mountain bike tracks
- …or simply relaxing and taking in the beautiful scenery!
For further visitor information on and imagery of Arrowtown, you can visit the town’s official website.