Although Arrowtown is just a 20 minute drive away from the better known town of Queenstown, it offers a much quieter and tranquil experience than its noisy neighbour! It was born after gold was discovered in the Arrow River in the 1860’s. Along the tree-lined streets you can discover prosperous-looking buildings that remain beautifully preserved to this day, plus you will find an array of shops cafes and attractions as well as a wealth of photo opportunities.
Perhaps take the Arrow River Walk or visit the Chinese Settlement, which is separate from the main town, but which gives a real insight into Arrowtown’s gold mining history. For those that like their history there’s also the Lakes District Museum. If you enjoy a glass of wine you can find the wine-growing region of Gibbston which is close by and which produces some of New Zealand’s finest Pinot Noir.