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Arrowtown

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Arrowtown featuring street scenes and a small town or village

Just a short drive from Queenstown, you can strike gold by visiting this picturesque old mining town.

Taking its name from the Arrow River upon which it was built and from which it made its fortune, Arrowtown is a historic settlement, home to the gold mines that once made the region boom.

Over the last century, the town declined and its population fell to as few as 200 inhabitants. Today, it attracts visitors who want to know more about the history of the area, as well as to enjoy the many scenic hiking and cycling trails on offer.

a highlight of your visit has to be panning for gold in the river itself. This is a real treat for both children and adults. There’s something exciting about looking for real treasure! It may be many years since most of the gold in this part of the world was mined, but it is still a popular attraction for visitors who flock here. There’s plenty more to explore in the township, including the Chinese settlement and the Lakes District Museum, where you can learn more about the conditions of the original settlers and the history of the gold rush.

As well as the attractions in town, the surrounding area contains some excellent trails for hikers and mountain bikers. Bikes can be hired in town. Head off on an adventure along one of the many trails. There are trails suitable for all levels of ability, from novice voyagers to more experienced cyclists.

Stroll along the river for more scenic views. The landscape here is straight out of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, much of which was shot here.

Only a 20 minute drive away from Queenstown itself, you can reach Arrowtown easily by car or on a charter bus. If you do choose to drive, free parking is widely available, although spaces around the main street through town are quickly snapped up.

New Orleans Hotel
New Orleans Hotel
3.5 out of 5
27 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown
The price is NZ$99 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
Situated in Arrowtown, this inn is steps away from Lakes District Museum and Crown Range. Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and St Patrick's Catholic Church & Mary ...
3.6/5Good! (172 reviews)
"Hotel was right on the main street. The room wasn’t bad for the price we paid. Yes, there was some paint peeling on the vanity in the bathroom and carpet was used, obviously- but once you overlook that and only use it as a resting spot and the basics. I liked that you could eat in the pub, popular ..."

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

New Orleans Hotel
Arrowtown Motel Apartments
Arrowtown Motel Apartments
3.5 out of 5
48 Adamson Drive, Arrowtown
The price is NZ$134 per night from 1 Sep. to 1 Sep.
Situated in Arrowtown, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lakes District Museum, Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Arrowtown Golf Course. Amisfield Winery and ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (290 reviews)
"Spic and span, recently renovated, plenty of heating, nice friendly staff. Handy to grocer's shop just down the road, easy to find."

Reviewed on 13 Jul. 2021

Arrowtown Motel Apartments
Shades of Arrowtown
Shades of Arrowtown
3.5 out of 5
9 MERIONETH STREET, Arrowtown, Otago
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$162 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Situated in the mountains, this motel is steps away from St Patrick's Catholic Church & Mary MacKillop's Cottage and Lakes District Museum. Arrowtown Chinese ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (114 reviews)
"Wonderful setting."

Reviewed on 18 Apr. 2021

Shades of Arrowtown
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Settlers Cottage Motel
Settlers Cottage Motel
4 out of 5
22 Hertford Street, Arrowtown
The price is NZ$161 per night from 1 Sep. to 1 Sep.
Situated in Arrowtown, this cottage is within a 5-minute walk of St Patrick's Catholic Church & Mary MacKillop's Cottage and Lakes District Museum. Crown Range ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (235 reviews)
"I arrived late and after dark, the office had closed, it was so welcoming to have a personlised note on the door, telling me to make myself at home, my cute room had lights on and was toastie warm which I really appreciated, thank you for being so considerate!"

Reviewed on 28 Apr. 2021

Settlers Cottage Motel
Arrowfield Apartments
Arrowfield Apartments
4.5 out of 5
115 Essex Avenue, Butel Park, Arrowtown
Situated in Arrowtown, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Millbrook Resort Golf Course. Amisfield Winery ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (83 reviews)
One of the best!
"What a gem! We loved our stay, and wished we'd booked for longer. Wonderful property, fantastic location, immaculately clean, very friendly and communicative hosts."

Reviewed on 11 Apr. 2021

Arrowfield Apartments
Heart of Arrowtown, Perfect for Small Families
Heart of Arrowtown, Perfect for Small Families
7 Jenkins Pl, Arrowtown, Otago
This family-friendly Arrowtown apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of St Patrick's Catholic Church & Mary MacKillop's Cottage, Crown Range and Lakes ...
5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Perfect little place to stay, owner is an amazing person with no issues helping where needed
"Overall experience was amazing, everything we needed, owner is the perfect host, 30 seconds away from bus stop and supermarket makes it easy to get what you need and around. Highly recommend to anyone"

Reviewed on 14 Jul. 2021

Heart of Arrowtown, Perfect for Small Families
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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