Welcome to Arrowtown


The pace in Arrowtown is very different to that of Queenstown, just 20km away. Strolling Buckingham St, with its gold-era facades, is the major activity here; when you need something more, there are gentle bike rides along the valleys, or an expanding network of walks along the Arrow River and Bush Creek.


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$157.88 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full-Day Arrowtown and Wanaka Tour from Queenstown

Your full-day tour will begin with a pickup from your centrally located Queenstown hotel. From here, you will be taken to the historic Arrowtown. The town was popular for gold mining in the 1860’s with gold prospectors traveling from both Europe and China to try their luck. Travel deeper into the Gibbston Valley and along the Kawarau Gorge, you'll gaze upon vineyard after vineyard; in a rugged setting that has lent itself to the production of award-winning pinot noirs. Arrive into Cromwell and reveal the secrets that lay beneath the man-made lake and the Clyde Dam beyond it and we'll treat you to a classic morning tea - a hot drink and a slice. Historically used by Maori as a pathway to greenstone sites and later by goldminers for accommodation close to Cardrona claims, today Wanaka has branded itself as a lifestyle reserve, surrounded by huge mountains and massive glaciers. You will be lead to the Reflection Tree, which grows within the lake. No matter what season it is, this tree will always make for great photos. Then, have one hour of free time to wander Wanaka at your whim, maybe you'll look around the shops, sit and have an icecream by the lake, or go for a walk along the lake path; the choice is yours. This is also a good time to grab some lunch at a nice local café. As you head back towards Queenstown, you will take the Crown Range home. As New Zealand's highest sealed road, the Crown Range is usually covered in snow in winter and boasts some incredible viewing platforms. You will step out and soak these up and grab a photo or three. Before returning to the hotel, there is still one more famous stop to make. Built in 1863 to service gold prospectors, offering them accommodation, and a place to stop and seek refreshment, is Cardrona Hotel. It is one of New Zealand's oldest pubs, and possibly the most well-known. Pop in and explore, and we'll shout you a beer or soft drink to enjoy in the beer garden or by the fire.

$65.49 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Gibbston Valley Wineries Self-Guided Bike Tour from Queenstown

This full day self-guided Bike The Wineries Tour begins with a pickup from our central Queenstown meeting point and a scenic and informative transfer to the quaint historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown. After bike fitting, a trail and winery briefing and a few local tips from our knowledgeable driver/guide, you free to enjoy brunch or a coffee at one of the many great cafes or just jump straight into your self-guided ride along the beautiful Arrow River Trail till it meets the Kawarau River, ride the original Miners Trail that crosses the Kawarau Suspension Bridge, the home of the world famous bungy jump and the beginning of the Gibbston Valley of vines. From Bungy you continue on to bike at your leisure the Gibbston River Trail using our informative trail map to visit as many of the 6-plus wineries, cheesery and micro brewery linked throughout this easy riding trail. Enjoy a relaxed lunch stop en-route or picnic at one of the many wineries along the way. At the end of your day exploring the wineries, we'll pick you up from Gibbston Tavern, or another prearranged winery - just call us if you choose to bike further down the valley and we'll collect you for your relaxing vehicle transfer back to Queenstown. It couldn't be easier - and we'll even pick up any wine purchases you make throughout the day! Distances biked vary from 9.5 miles to 13.75 miles (15kms to 22kms). All trails are purpose built, easy to moderate grade and off-road, with only direct road crossing between wineries.

$116.51 Cultural & Theme Tours

Half-Day Historical Arrowtown and Wanaka Tour from Queenstown

Your half-day tour will begin with a pickup from central Queenstown from 10.40am. From here, you will head up the Crown Range road. As New Zealand's highest sealed road, the Crown Range is usually covered in snow in winter and boasts some incredible viewing platforms. You will step out and soak these up and grab a photo or three.  Heading down the Crown range to the Cardrona Valley there is a famous stop to make. Built in 1863 to service gold prospectors, offering them accommodation, and a place to stop and seek refreshment, is Cardrona Hotel. It is one of New Zealand's oldest pubs, and possibly the most well-known. Pop in and explore, and we'll shout you a beer or non alcoholic ginger beer to enjoy in the beer garden or by the fire. Travel to Wanaka, historically used by Maori as a pathway to greenstone sites and later by goldminers, today Wanaka has branded itself as a lifestyle reserve, surrounded by huge mountains and massive glaciers. You will be lead to the Reflection Tree, which grows within the lake. No matter what season it is, this tree will always make for great photos. Then, have one hour of free time to wander Wanaka at your whim, maybe you'll look around the shops, sit and have an icecream by the lake, or go for a walk along the lake path; the choice is yours. This is also a good time to grab some lunch at a nice local café.  Next you will be taken to the historic Arrowtown. The town was popular for gold mining in the 1860’s with gold prospectors traveling from both Europe and China to try their luck. You'll walk among the tiny restored cottages of their settlement and wander down the main street of this exquisite little town with its charming historic buildings that will make you feel like you walked on to a movie set You day will finish with a short scenic drive back to central Queenstown returning between 4.30 and 5pm

$95.83 Walking & Biking Tours

Half Day Bike Tour of Arrow River Trail

Your four hour supported adventure biking the Queenstown Trail begins with our friendly, local driver/guide for the half day meeting you at your central Queenstown accommodation for a scenic and informative drive to the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown and the start of the Arrow River Bridges Trail. After bike fitting an entertaining safety talk and directions from your driver/guide, you'll set off riding independently at your own pace along this mostly flat, easy trail that meanders along the beautiful Arrow and Kawarau River gorges, crossing three suspension bridges including the famous Kawarau suspension bridge, home of the original Bungy Jump - stop to enjoy watching this spectacle as you pass by. Rest assured as you bike knowing your driver/guide will be checking in on you at designated points along the route - ensuring you stay on track and available to help out with anything. Continue on a short distance to a Gibbston winery for a relaxing wine tasting before being delivered back to central Queenstown by your support driver. Total biking distance is up to 15km of off-road trail. Approximate biking time is 2-hours. While you bike, your driver will move the support vehicle along the trail to your support points approximately every 5kms. This ride can be extended or shortened to your desired length.

$122.78 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Central Otago Full-Day Wine Tour from Queenstown

Following pickup at your Queenstown hotel, hop into your air-conditioned minivan and head out into the vineyards of the Central Otago wine region to begin your tour. With grape varietals including chardonnay, pinot noir, and sauvignon blanc flourishing throughout the fertile valleys, Central Otago is widely considered the heart of New Zealand’s winemaking industry. During your 5-hour tour, visit up to five award-winning wineries throughout the Bannochburn, Cromwell, Gibbston Valley, and Wanaka wine regions with a guide. Along the way, visit New Zealand’s biggest wine cave and enjoy tastings of the various wines in production. As you travel between the wineries, sample cheeses from across the country and learn how to pair them with the wine. Perhaps stop for lunch at a top vineyard (own expense) and enjoy optional visits to local attractions such as the Cardrona Hotel and historic Arrowtown.After five hours among the vineyards of Central Otago, return in comfort to your Queenstown hotel to bring your tour to an end.

$68.25 Cultural & Theme Tours

Queenstown Half-Day Tour with Small Group

Leave Queenstown and take a scenic drive past the famous Shotover River. Back in the 1860's it was the richest gold-bearing river in the world, but now is known for the world-famous Shotover Jet. Historic Arrowtown In Arrowtown your tour will include an informative drive past the Chinese Village, the old Goal, and the lookout whilst pointing out the best photo locations not to be missed. Once on the Main Street of Arrowtown you will have approximately one hour of free time to explore as everything is within walking distance.  Crown Terrace View PointWind up one of New Zealand's most famous roads boasting some incredible views. You will step out and soak these up and grab a photo or three. Lord of the Rings and the Bungy BridgeViews over the world's first commercial bungy operation opened at the Kawarau Bridge in 1988, and has been credited with pioneering Queenstown's reputation as "the adventure capital of the world". You can photograph this historic bridge and look down at the excited throngs of bungy jumpers, while you are shown where The Gates of Argonath stood in The Lord of the Rings / Pillars of the Kings movie (this time you really are on a movie set!). Gibbston ValleyTraveling into the Gibbston Valley, you'll gaze upon vineyard after vineyard in a rugged setting that has lent itself to the production of award-winning Pinot Noir wine. Please note we do not stop at winery's on this tour. Lake Hayes (the Mirror Lake) Stop at stunning Lake Hayes for scenic photos of the surrounding mountains. Views over Queenstown and Lake WakatipuAt the end of your tour you will head back to Queenstown for a truly amazing photo stop of New Zealand's most beautiful town.