Arrowtown, New Zealand
The history and success of Arrowtown is largely due to its gold mining industry. Arrowtown gets its name from the Arrow River and has direct road access to major cities like Queenstown. It's also just a stone's throw away from the beautiful Lake Hayes. The town was extremely popular during the gold rush. After which, the population dropped considerably before rising steadily since. The relatively low population along with some of the country's most stunning landscapes makes this area a popular tourist destination and the perfect place to relax.
In Arrowtown itself, you are sure to find a number of historic buildings as well as museums. Some of the buildings even date back to the gold mining days and there is much to be learned from the galleries and historic locations.Browse the arts and crafts shops in the main high street, or visit one of the small cafes for a meal.
The Lakes District Museum and Art Gallery is sure to be as educational as it is entertaining while a trip to Dudley's Cottage, one of Arrowtown's oldest stone cottages, built by William Butler, who arrived with the goldrush in 1861 is also great for the whole family. Here you can enjoy a light meal while the kids have some fun learning about gold mining.
Many of the local attractions and activities are centred around the outdoors. If you live in a particularly urban area, Arrowtown makes for an excellent escape and offers its visitors the added advantage of peaceful getaways and fresh air.
Things to do in Arrowtown
The town borders the Milbrook Resort Championship Golf Course, which is one of the most scenic golf courses in New Zealand. Milbrook also has some lovely day spa facilities open to the public. This top class facility is sure to make you feel relaxed and right at home.
Biking is another top local activity. It really is the best way to get around while taking in your surroundings. There are even trails that take you from Arrowtown to Queenstown. The trail takes you past a popular bungy jumping site and some lovely vineyards too. There are a number of trails and, no matter your fitness level, you will find something that you can comfortably manage.
Tobin's Track is a popular local hiking trail. It can be rather steep at certain points but, once you reach the top, the view is simply unforgettable and well worth all the energy spent. The Bush Creek Trail, on the other hand, is great for medium to fit walkers. It takes you between one and two hours to make your way all the way through and back. The forest, stream and nature all around you help take your mind off the effort and make the whole trip a real pleasure.
If you are looking for something that requires a little less physical effort, a 4WD adventure might be right up your alley! Let the terrain vehicle do the work while you enjoy some rugged driving and beautiful natural views.