Once a magnet for fortune seekers, Arrowtown promises gold-coated scenery
Arrowtown
Arrowtown, Queenstown

By David Wall

Arrowtown

Arrowtown is a living historic settlement with many stories to tell. Wander the tree-lined streets of restored cottages and explore gold mining sites.

One of the most picturesque settlements in New Zealand, Arrowtown sits alongside the gold-bearing Arrow River. The town was established in 1862, during the height of the Otago gold rush. The settlement grew quickly as pioneers constructed cottages, shops, hotels and churches, more than 60 of which can still be seen today.

A special highlight is the Chinese settlement at the edge of the river. Built by Chinese miners from 1868, this area of restored shelters and buildings paints a picture of earlier times.

The Lakes District Museum in Buckingham Street has been described as one of New Zealand's best small museums. A variety of entertaining exhibits presents an authentic picture of early Maori life in the Southern Lakes district, the harsh pioneering days and the exciting gold rush era of the mid to late 1800s.

The gold days are long over (although you can still pan for gold in the river with some success), so Arrowtown's focus is on hosting visitors. Play a round at the challenging local golf course or take a 4WD journey to Macetown, a ghost town accessible only by wagon track.

In April and May Arrowtown ignites with colour as deciduous trees prepare for winter. A festival is held in the last week of April to celebrate the town's seasonal beauty and glittering history.

Arrowtown has a range of cafes, restaurants and appealing shops. Functional facts: Approx. population 2200, information centre, fuel.

Content courtesy of Tourism NZ

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Arrow Cottage - Accommodation in Arrowtown New Zealand
Arrowtown
Arrow Cottage is located in Arrowtown. Free WiFi access is available in this lodge. The accommodation will provide you with a TV and a terrace. There is a full kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with free toiletries. You can enjoy gar... (more)
Arrowfield Apartments - Accommodation in Arrowtown New Zealand
9.00 92 Reviews
Arrowtown
0800277693
These luxury apartments in a spectacular alpine setting feature panoramic views, fully equipped designer kitchens, luxurious furnishings and state-of-the-art entertainment systems. Arrowfield Apartments offers a choice of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments with underfloor heating and gas fir... (more)
Arrowtown Accommodation - Accommodation in Arrowtown New Zealand
Arrowtown
034421824
From its beginning in the 1862 gold rush, Arrowtown has grown into a unique township carefully combing the heritage of its past with today's vitality. The Arrowtown historical precinct retains its charm through careful preservation of historic buildings, reserves and trees. The Wakatipu... (more)
Arrowtown Cottages B & B - Accommodation in Arrowtown New Zealand
Arrowtown
0800258802
Arrowtown Cottages provides unique accommodation in 4 ensuite cottages (sleep 2) designed to fit in with Arrowtown's original heritage. Located in the old part of town and made from local stone and recycled mud brick, the cottages capture the spirit of the gold rush era, and still have all... (more)
Arrowtown Holiday Park - Accommodation in Arrowtown New Zealand
8.30 122 Reviews
Arrowtown
034421876
With the historical gold mining close-by and a stunning backdrop of picturesque mountains, Arrowtown Holiday Park provides a quiet and relaxing holiday experience. Redeveloped and opened in early 2007, this holiday park offers brand new facilities and state-of-the-art amenities. 600m to... (more)
Arrowtown Holiday Park - Accommodation in Arrowtown New Zealand
8.40 22 Reviews
Arrowtown
034421876
This holiday park offers fully self-contained holiday cottages with private bathrooms. Redeveloped in early 2007, it features a stunning backdrop of picturesque mountains and is just 650-metres from the town centre. Arrowtown Holiday Park is a 2-minute drive from Arrowtown Golf Club and... (more)
Arrowtown House Boutique Hotel - Accommodation in Arrowtown New Zealand
9.60 92 Reviews
Arrowtown
034416008
Located just a 2 minute walk from the historic central Arrowtown, this boutique hotel offers luxury suites with free Wi-Fi access. It features a beautiful garden and a sunny terrace. The spacious rooms are elegantly decorated and feature large bathrooms with under-floor heating. Each ro... (more)
Arrowtown Motel - Accommodation in Arrowtown New Zealand
8.50 157 Reviews
Arrowtown
0800246538
Offering free on-site parking, Arrowtown Motel is 10 minutes’ walk from Arrowtown's popular restaurants, cafes and shops. All accommodation offers a patio with outdoor seating, a kitchenette and satellite channels. Guests enjoy 250 MB of free Wi-Fi. Known for its history as a gold-minin... (more)
Arrowtown Viking Lodge Motel - Accommodation in Arrowtown New Zealand
8.40 29 Reviews
Arrowtown
0800181900
Arrowtown Viking Lodge offers Qualmark 3-star plus motel accommodation in Arrowtown. Accommodation consists of 12 separate self-contained 1&2 bedroom spacious chalets that sleep 6-8, with access facilities available. All units come with fully equipped kitchen, microwave, ensuite with sh... (more)
Gibbston House - Accommodation in Gibbston New Zealand
9.70 8 Reviews
Gibbston
034426451
Located on a vineyard in the beautiful Gibbston Valley, this B&B offers accommodation with free Wi-Fi, included breakfast and a flat-screen TV. Guests enjoy views over the vineyards, Queenstown and the ski fields.All accommodation offers heating, electric blankets and tea/coffee making fac... (more)
Kahiwi - Accommodation in Arrowtown New Zealand
Arrowtown
Located just 5 minutes' drive from the historic Arrowtown village, Kahiwi villa offers 4-bedrooms, a balcony and a patio with an outdoor fireplace. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and free on-site parking. The property is ideally located for skiing and hiking.Arrowtown Kahiwi Villa is 15 minutes' ... (more)
Millbrook Resort - Accommodation in Arrowtown New Zealand
9.50 741 Reviews
Arrowtown
0800800604
The award-winning Millbrook Resort is a luxurious 5-star retreat on 500 acres of beautiful countryside. Its elegantly decorated suites and villas offer clear views of the surrounding mountains. Guests can enjoy an outdoor heated pool, an indoor lap pool and 2 outdoor hot tubs. The accom... (more)
Mt Rosa Lodge - Accommodation in Gibbston New Zealand
55E Mt Rosa Estate, Gibbston
034411484
Mt Rosa Lodge serves a sumptuous breakfast, offering both continental and cooked options. Set on a private vineyard producing Pinot Noir, it features a cosy guest lounge, barbecue facilities and free Wi-Fi access. Guests enjoy free cheese and fresh fruits as well.The heated guest rooms fea... (more)
New Orleans Hotel - Accommodation in Arrowtown New Zealand
8.60 143 Reviews
Arrowtown
034421748
Just 70 metres from Arrow River, New Orleans Hotel features a restaurant, a bar and a sunny terrace with amazing mountain views. Built in 1866, it offers heated rooms with free Wi-Fi.New Orleans Hotel Arrowtown is just 5 minutes’ drive from Millbrook Resort and Golf Course, and 10 minutes’... (more)
Pagan Vines Vineyard Accommodation - Accommodation in Gibbston New Zealand
Gibbston
034425303
Situated in the heart of Central Otago's premier wine region, this modern cottage is located on a boutique vineyard in the Gibbston Valley. The cottage is semi-detached from the main homestead and enjoys spectacular views of the Nevis Bluff, the Remarkables and the Crown Range. It is fully... (more)
Pittaway's Cottage - Accommodation in Arrowtown New Zealand
Arrowtown
034420441
Charming Historic Places Trust classified 2-bedroom stone miner's cottage, built in 1875. Located in Arrowtown's famouss avenue of trees, it's only a minute's stroll to the town centre, with its trendy restaurants, great shopping, cafes, museum, cinema and excellent bars.While small in siz... (more)
Settlers Cottage Motel - Accommodation in Arrowtown New Zealand
8.90 285 Reviews
Arrowtown
0800803801
Featuring a beautiful garden setting, the Settlers Cottage Motel is a 5-minute walk from the historic town centre of Arrowtown and a 20-minute drive from Queenstown. It offers country-style accommodation with free on-site parking for 1 car per room.Cosy units feature rustic interiors and t... (more)
Shades of Arrowtown - Accommodation in Arrowtown New Zealand
9.30 108 Reviews
Arrowtown
034421613
Offering free on-site parking and garden views, Shades of Arrowtown is located 15 minutes' drive from Coronet Peak. Situated on Arrowtown's iconic Tree Lined Avenue, Shades of Arrowtown is just 100 metres from the main street. Guests enjoy 250 MB of free Wi-Fi.Shades of Arrowtown is 20 min... (more)
Stoneridge Estate - Accommodation in Lake Hayes New Zealand
Lake Hayes, Lake Hayes
034421021
The boutique lodge at Stoneridge Estate offers 5 star luxury bed and breakfast accommodation and fine dining in a romantic and tranquil setting near Queenstown New Zealand.Situated amongst 12 acres of vineyard and water gardens, this architecturally unique Queenstown bed and breakfast lodg... (more)
The Arrow Private Hotel - Accommodation in Arrowtown New Zealand
9.50 125 Reviews
Arrowtown
034098600
Located near central Arrowtown, Arrow Private Hotel offers elegant accommodations with individually designed bathrooms and free internet. The Hills Golf Course is a 5-minute drive away.The rooms and suites have a unique layout as well as a luxuriously designed bathroom which enables guests... (more)
The Turret - Accommodation in Lake Hayes New Zealand
8.70 6 Reviews
Lake Hayes
034421107
The Turret bed and breakfast, featured in NZ House and Garden, is set in an award-winning landscaped garden at Lake Hayes, situated between Arrowtown and Queenstown with panoramic views across the lake to Coronet Peak. Accommodation is comprised of three guestrooms all with their own pr... (more)
Wharenui - Accommodation in Speargrass Flat New Zealand
Speargrass Flat
Offering a tennis court, Wharenui is located in Arrowtown. Free WiFi access is available in this holiday home. The accommodation will provide you with a TV and a patio. There is a full kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with a bath an... (more)
Willowbrook B&B and Cottages - Accommodation in Speargrass Flat New Zealand
9.20 168 Reviews
Arrowtown, Speargrass Flat
034421773
Willowbrook offers bed & breakfast rooms as well as self-catering accommodations in a rural location at the foot of Coronet Peak ski field. It is a 15 minute drive from Queenstown.The Main House provides spacious king, queen and twin rooms and access to comfortable lounge area. There are t... (more)
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