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The discovery of gold in this river led to the settlement of thousands along its banks.
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a track to walk alongside the river. I enjoyed seeing the beautifully clean water and the quietness after a day in Queenstown. On the track, locals walk their dogs. You can also admire the locals that walk the track wearing little rugby shorts...More

Thank taraa995
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Traveled here with my mum in July, the weather was crisp but still enjoyable. A nice area to walk around enjoying the stunning views. Also the air seems so fresh and clean here.

Thank AimeeD403
Reviewed 27 July 2018

Visited Monday 7th May. We parked down by the River and after having a look around the Village and Chinese Settlement we made our way back to the carpark along the River side walkway.

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Reviewed 15 July 2018

To be honest, there wasn't much to do besides walking, panning for gold and wondering how someone got there 4WD bogged in the river (see pics for more details).

Thank Sang_from_Oz
Reviewed 14 July 2018

This may be better in summer however when we went in July, the walk was underwhelming. There wasn't much scenary and the river bank was full of rubbish.

Thank Nicole D
Reviewed 12 July 2018

Took my 4WD vehicle & made my way out to Macetown. Just the most amazing trip & experience. Not to be done unless you are a very experienced 4WD driver.

Thank Paul K
Reviewed 30 June 2018

We traveled through Arrow town on our way to Wanaka . It was extremely cold, with ice and frost all over the place! Nice little town, with some interesting gold mining history. Nice place for a look and a coffee!

Thank ppcp19792015
Reviewed 17 May 2018

This is a peaceful river that flows along the chinese settlement village. It creates a peacful and lovely mood around the area.

Thank minimize940314
Reviewed 30 April 2018

The history around the Chinese settlement is fascinating and the trails that can be walked are great. Options for advanced or easy walking and quick access into raw and beautiful river valley scenery.

Thank RebekahB205
Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

River that passes through Arrowtown lovely in autumn with its colours and walks alongside in the town

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15 December 2017|
Response from fishotomo |
They are sand flies and there is nothing you can do really..
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Response from CharlotteLee88 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a bus that runs between arrowtown and Queenstown there website is connectabus it has the timetables