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Full-Day Arrowtown and Wanaka Tour from Queenstown

  • Tour of Arrowtown and Wanaka from Queenstown
  • Explore the 19th-century gold-mining town of Arrowtown with your guide
  • Discover natural sites of interest including the Gibbston Valley and Kawarau Gorge
Full-Day Arrowtown and Wanaka Tour from Queenstown
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Full-Day Arrowtown and Wanaka Tour from Queenstown
Tucked in beneath the soaring peaks and serene lakes of New Zealand’s South Island, Arrowtown and Wanaka offer outdoor adventure with a strong sense of history. On this tour, hit both destinations in one day and enjoy a drink in the famous Cardrona Hotel. Spin into the Gibbston Valley with your guide and stroll through the 19th-century gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown. Pass the fertile vineyards of Kawarau Gorge, admire spectacular views along the Crown Range road, and enjoy free time to explore Wanaka at your leisure.
What to Expect
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.
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1 - 5 of 15 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago
Truly a Remarkable Tour

Thanks Wayne for a wonderful introduction to some truly magical places your commentary highly entertaining tips for where to eat lunch in Wanaka awsome. it was great to experience all these destinations through a locals perspective. Thankyou also to you Kathy for making this tour...More

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RST-Queenstown, Owner at Remarkable Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Robyne & John for the great review, come back and see us next time you are in Queenstown. Regards Wayne & Kathy

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
True to its name, a remarkable tour!

The tour was for a small group with a max of 8 participants. We were just 6 people on the trip. Arrowtown is an old mining town which was converted into a complex of quaint local shops and restaurants while trying to respect the heritage...More

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Kathy H, Owner at Remarkable Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the great review, Kathy & I pride ourselfs on providing great photo spots without all the crowds. All the best on your travels Wayne

Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile
Great day out

This was my last full day in New Zealand before flying out and it was a great bookend to my journey. Kathy was a great driver, taking us to lots of secluded spots for some amazing views. Smooth and care free, this is what tours...More

Thank DJHall
RST-Queenstown, Owner at Remarkable Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2018

Thanks Daniel I'm glad you enjoyed your day. Thanks for sharing your amazing photo's and your tips on taking great Pano's. Kathy

Reviewed 29 May 2018
Well worth it

My partner and I did this trip and are so glad we did Our Driver/Guide was e xcellent and most helpful A tour in a mini van, so you got to know the others The beer at Cadrona was most welcome :) Well worth doing...More

Thank wouldntit
RST-Queenstown, Owner at Remarkable Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2018

Thanks for sharing! We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us.

Reviewed 6 May 2018
A trip not to be missed

My guide for this very enjoyable trip was Wayne. He provided a very knowledgeable commentary the whole day showing us the best places to get photos, what activities to do at each stop, telling us little tip bits of interest as we went around. I...More

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RST-Queenstown, Owner at Remarkable Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Thanks for the review Robert, its always nice to get good feed back from our friends from the north. Cheers Wayne

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11 April 2018|
Response from Courtney N | Reviewed this property |
For the full day trip, we left at about 9am and returned at about 4:30 pm.