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Located on New Zealand’s stunning South Island, the charming village of Arrowtown is a popular retreat for guests looking to combine sports, activities, fabulous scenery, history, and culture – essentially a perfect diverse holiday! Only a 20-minute drive away from Queenstown and within easy reach of the famous ski resorts, it’s really easy to get to. It is also a great base for exploring the very best of the dramatic surrounding areas. For a relatively small place, Arrowtown boasts a great selection of places to eat and drink, or you can just sit back and look out from the relative comfort of the local New Orleans hotel or The Blue Door with a beer or warm mulled wine in hand and a roaring fire. Check out our Arrowtown accommodation and stay with us.
Things to do
Founded in the gold rush, Arrowtown has an interesting heritage and history. The Lakes District Museum is a good place to start if you want to know more about the village’s past. Or visit the Buckingham Green which was the site of the old Morning Star Hotel which caught fire in 1896 and destroyed the since-rebuilt local bakery. A stroll around the village will reveal charming old miners’ cottages, many preserved as they were back in the day. There are also the remains of a Chinese miners’ village near to the river. After you’ve seen the village, take a stroll along the pretty Arrow River, once described as ‘flowing like silver threads through the blackened scrub-clothed plains’, by one of the first European settlers’ cadets, Alfred Duncan? You could also try a spot of fishing or panning for gold. Who knows? You might get lucky and find a nugget.
Arrowtown is well known for its brilliant walking and biking trails, and keen golfers have a choice of three great courses to enjoy.. Take a trip to local vineyards near Cromwell like Mount Difficulty, or Gibson Valley Wines and enjoy the scenery with a fabulous glass of vino. In the winter months, Arrowtown is a popular base for visitors who want to make the most of the fantastic skiing and snowboarding in the surrounding towering mountains. The magical ski resorts of Treble Cone, The Remarkables, Cardrona, and Coronet Peak are all close by. As night time falls, there are plenty of restaurants and bars to keep you warm on cold winter nights.
Arrowtown really does have its own unique and individual appealing atmosphere – why not pay a visit and see for yourself? With departures from various domestic airports, our flights to Queenstown will have you there in next to no time. And our terrific Arrowtown hotels will provide a home away from home in the lovely village.
Hotels in Arrowtown start at NZ$99 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.