Our guide to the best things to do in Arrowtown, the historic former gold mining town and popular tourist spot which is a short drive from Queenstown.
Stop by the Lake District Museum and Gallery, one of the country's most beloved small museums, for a look at early life in Otago. Located in the old mining settlement of Arrowtown, the Lake District Museum and Gallery was built in 1948 to share the history and culture of the region with visitors and locals alike. The museum uses hand-on exhibits to share information and relics of history fro... More info
Fascinating restoration of the old Chinese settlement in this former gold mining town. It's a historic reminder of the 'forgotten' community, and the contribution they made to Arrowtown's fortunes. Arrowtown Chinese Settlement is a recreation (some of it is original and restored) of the Chinese-occupied part of this 19th century gold mining town. Unknown to many people, the Gold Rush brought pe... More info
A beautiful and tranquil 4.2km loop walkway along the banks of the Arrow River. The trail was created by the Otago Regional Council in 1998 to mark 150 years of European Settlement in Otago. In more recent times, the trail has been integrated into the Queenstown Bike Trail. The canopy of Willow, Sycamore and Larch Trees overhanging the river provides a cooler temperature which is welcome on tho... More info
Around The Basin is the most experienced bike hire operator on the Queenstown Trail network. They offer quality mountain bike and E-bike hire, winery rides, self-guided ride packages and vehicle supported tours, all put together to deliver an epic day of riding. Mountain bike and E-bike hire: half-day, full-day or multi-day options available Bike The Win... More info
The Blue Bar is a tucked away, hidden gem in the heart of the historic Arrowtown. The cozy and intimate bar oozes charm and character with a fantastic selection of wines. Hidden down an alleyway, the 'blue door' features a large log fire, a welcome treat that adds to the atmosphere in winter. It's loved by locals who regularly turn out to see the live performance... More info
One of the most scenic places to play golf in Central Otago, Arrowtown Golf Club has been rated the 20th best course in the country. The 18 hole course is surrounded by the Remarkables mountain range as well as other hills of the Queenstown-Lakes region. The holes on the course all have names relating to Arrowtown’s fascinating gold-mining history, and a historic stone cottage once used by... More info
A five-star resort, Millbrook is much more than just a golf course. Spanning 650 acres, Millbrook offers four tiers of luxury accommodation, an award-winning day spa, Health & Fitness Centre and world-class restaurants. Millbrook has numerous accolades to its name and has been voted Best Golf Resort in Australasia and New Zealand at the World Travel Awards. Designed by Sir Bob... More info