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.