Arrowtown is a historic former gold mining town, rich in heritage and one of the South Island’s and New Zealand’s best visitor destinations. Arrowtown is built on the banks of the Arrow River, once a rich source of gold, enticing miners from around the globe in pursuit of their fortune.
Located only 20 minutes’ drive from Queenstown, the spectacular scenery, distinct four seasons and tranquil atmosphere make Arrowtown a must do for visitors from all over the world. This charming town has maintained its heritage and historic buildings. It is now a vibrant town with world class eateries, pubs, shopping and attractions.
A great place for walking or biking with easy access to the ‘Queenstown Trail’, Arrowtown has tracks leading to Gibbston valley, Lake Hayes and Queenstown. There are also many smaller walking trails and cycle tracks, suitable for all abilities.They either start or finish in Arrowtown as well as access to the famous Macetown and Motatapu Tracks.
In any season the town is a photographer’s dream. Renowned for its beautiful autumn colours hues of red, gold and orange on the hillsides and surrounds during April and May. Arrowtown is a popular spot for snow enthusiasts during winter. Four world class ski areas within 20 – 60 minutes’ drive away.
The town is also a year-round golfers paradise with three superb golf courses within 5 minutes.There is the local Arrowtown Golf Course, Millbrook Resort offering a 27 hole championship course and The Hills course, home to the NZ Open.