Top things to do

Top Choice Cafe in Arrowtown

Chop Shop

Perhaps the tables are a little tightly packed, and the open kitchen does take up half the space, but we're splitting hairs. This place is uniformly fabulous (and uniformly popular) – from the internationally inspir…
Top Choice Bar in Arrowtown

Blue Door

The only indications that you've arrived are the unmarked blue doors – push them open and it's like stepping into a prohibition-era speakeasy. The cool little bar has a formidable wine list and enough rustic ambienc…
Modern NZ in Arrowtown

Amisfield Bistro & Cellar Door

Put yourself in the very capable hands of the chefs at this stylish vineyard bistro that was named among NZ's top 100 restaurants in 2017. Simply pick three or five courses and you'll get whatever the chefs choose f…
Modern NZ in Arrowtown

Saffron

Walking into Saffron is like stepping out of town, with its formal, clean-lined setting providing a contrast to Buckingham St's gunslinger appearance. Expect lamb, wild boar and fish, with both the portions and the …
Cinema in Arrowtown

Dorothy Browns

This is what a cinema should be like: wide, ultra-comfortable seating with fine local wine, cheese boards and olives available to accompany the mostly art-house films on offer. Most screenings in the main theatre ha…
Tapas in Arrowtown

La Rumbla

Tucked behind the post office, this little gem does a brilliant job of bringing the bold flavours and late-dining habits of Spain to sleepy little Arrowtown. Local produce is showcased in tasty bites on an ever-chan…
Historic Site in Arrowtown

Chinese Settlement

Strung along the creek, near the site of Arrowtown's first gold find, is NZ’s best example of an early Chinese settlement. Interpretive signs explain the lives of Chinese miners during and after the gold rush (the l…
Pub in Arrowtown

Fork & Tap

Built as a bank in the 1870s, Fork and Tap's currency is now craft beer, with up to 19 suds on tap. Add in good food, including shared meat and cheese platters, and a large sunny, kid-friendly back garden, and you h…
Historic Building in Arrowtown

Arrowtown Gaol

With gold rushes came lawlessness. Arrowtown's prisoners were originally manacled to logs, but in 1876 this schist jail, now surrounded by homes, was constructed. The building was used as a jail as recently as 1987 …
Museum in Arrowtown

Lakes District Museum & Gallery

Exhibits cover the gold-rush era and the early days of Chinese settlement around Arrowtown. Kids are kept engaged by the likes of a 'Crack the Code' game they can play as you wander the exhibits. You can also hire p…