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Arrowtown Village

In close proximity to Queenstown, Arrowtown makes for the perfect day trip taking just 25 minutes to get there by car.


Gold rush village
Scenic journey
Local shops and eateries
Hiking and cycling trails
Gold panning
Close to Queenstown

What you need to know

In close proximity to Queenstown, Arrowtown makes for the perfect day trip taking just 25 minutes to get there by car. An old gold rush village, Arrowtown is filled with an incredible amount of history and culture still present to this day. With something to suit everyone, there's sure to be something to keep you occupied when in Arrowtown. For those looking to take it easy and taste their way through the region, there are a number of cafés, restaurants and bars serving up some of the best local produce in a relaxed, alfresco setting, there are also a number of shops open including boutique furniture, gift wares, boutique fashion and jewellery stores.

Those looking to explore the outdoors can take full advantage of the range of walking and cycling trails in the region. There is a total of 14 trails in the region including the Arrow River Trail, Arrowtown Millennium Walk, Arrowtown Time Walks and Big Hill Trail (see below for a trail breakdown). Arguably one of the most popular activities when in gold rush country is panning for gold. Head to the Arrow River (two minutes from town), with a hired gold pan and begin your quest to strike gold. This is an exciting activity for the whole family, and you never know you might leave with a gold nugget in your possession.

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Walking/Cycling Trail Breakdown

  • Arrow River Trail: 50mins return - Easy
  • Arrowtown Millennium Walk: 1hr - Easy
  • Arrowtown Time Walks: 90min guided tour - Easy ($12 - $20)
  • Bush Creek Trail: 1hr return - Easy
  • McDonnell Trail: 1hr - Easy
  • Manse Road Walkway: 20mins - Easy
  • Tobins Track: 30mins - Easy/Advanced
  • Hayes Creek Trail: 2hr loop - Intermediate
  • Lake Hayes Walkway: 2hr loop - Intermediate
  • Big Hill Trail: 5-6hrs - Intermediate
  • Macetown 4WD Road: 6hrs return - Intermediate/Advanced
  • Sawpit Gully Trail: 2-3hr loop - Intermediate/Advanced
  • New Chum Track: 1.5hrs - Intermediate/Advanced
  • Motatapu Track: 3 Days - Advanced

Arrowtown Village

Arrowtown, Buckingham Street, South Island, 9302, New Zealand