Arrowtown Village
Arrowtown Village
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Arrowtown’s surprises at every corner with new activities, restaurants, cafes and accommodation options. You don’t have to dig far in this sophisticated, yet quaint village to find why this charming town oozes heritage and was voted NZ's Most Beautiful Small Town not once but twice in 2020 and then again in 2023. Whether your wandering the restored miner’s cottages, the latest exhibit at the Lakes District Museum or the magnificent walking and cycling trails, Arrowtown is a hidden gem. Renowned for its award winning restaurant and cafe culture, whether fine dining, or enjoying a casual pizza or pie, there are delicious options for every budget and time span. Boutique beers and local wines are just some of the beverages on offer. Arrowtown’s tree lined streets, shops and cafes housed in original buildings and its proximity to walking /cycling tracks, vineyards, golf courses and ski fields, make it a must visit destination. Arrowtown sits just 15 minutes from Queenstown airport.
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  • slusignan
    Montreal, Canada107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gem of a town a short distance from Queenstown
    Lovely little town; well worth seeing. It's quaint and interesting, especially the museum in town. Give yourself enough time to really enjoy the wonderful displays they have. It's a very informative museum! While you are in Arrowtown, take a side trip to Gibbston winery. There's a tasting bar and while they had their restaurant closed, they did have a mobile pizza van that served excellent pizzas in a fire oven; delicious!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 25 March 2023
  • puchka
    Bengaluru, India1,796 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quaint village
    A quaint village located a forty minutes drive from Queenstown. Bus no 2 operates every hour. Buckingham street is the main place with Museums, restaurants, and shops selling clothes and gifts. There are several treks for walking and cycling. The Chinese village downhill has a few cottages showcasing how the immigrants lived here and came from home to make a fortune during the gold rush days. A half day is sufficient to cover the significant places of interest.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 March 2023
  • TerryH
    Hertfordshire, United Kingdom1,069 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting location
    Quaint old cowboy town. A quiet location with the short high street with outlets all along both sides worth popping into. The Chinese settlement at the end of the street is also worth a short visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 April 2023
  • Thomas W
    Sarpsborg, Norway348 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cosy miner town
    Cosy little miner town, where the buildings in the main street have been carefully taken care of. Today full of coffee shops, cafés, restaurants and tourist shops. Interesting miner history, also the chinese settlement. Well worth a couple of hours visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Carol R
    42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Visiting this old mining town is a must when in the Queenstown area. The old buildings are so interesting. A "must see" is the Chinese settlement portion of the village - so well restored with great information about the buildings, the previous inhabitants and their life on the diggings. We felt the shops in the village were a bit "high end," but there was certainly a great variety. The park near the river was lovely to sit in, but could do with more seats. Loads of parking in the village. Another "must see" is the local museum - what a treasure. So much history to see, well presented and researched, with lots of historical information. Something for both adults and children to enjoy. Easily spent 3-4 hours in the village.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 December 2023
  • TMM818
    Bunbury, Australia826 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Day Trip
    While my partner woke up with the birds to tackle the black runs at the Remarkables, I walked into town, purchased a $2 bus pass and hopped on and enjoyed the scenic ride out to Arrowtown for the day. You could make the day of it with a long lunch, but as we were going out to tea and had a sleep-in, my little half day of exploring was perfect. Once in the village I had a little explore by the river and Chinatown settlement and then made a focus on finding a good coffee. The art gallery/museum and a few tourist shops were included in the itinerary before lunch and heading back to Queenstown. Great for a slower kind of day if you have been busy skiing/snowboarding
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 December 2023
  • poroger
    Southampton, United Kingdom228 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth stopping at if you’re close by
    We had done tow other Historical towns and this was the last and the best. With more buildings in tact and the museum is brilliant and well worth the time at on $12.50 each. Lovely restaurants and bars as well as independent shops. Great atmosphere and well worth stopping to see.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 January 2024
  • Judee
    Livermore, California934 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quick stop - cute town
    Stopped here for only an hour and squeezed in a 30 minute shaded trail walk and fast in and out through some shops in the main drag in town. Loads of restaurants which I did not try and excellent space aged modern bathrooms. If you are in the area it’s worth a stop as it has a little bit of a different feel since it used to be an old mining area. Some of the clothing shops are very expensive (500 NZ dollars for a blouse) and then you will find your typical souvenir stores. I’d allow 3 hours if you want a nice stroll, food and some shopping.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 January 2024
  • TJouer
    Bellbrook, Ohio2,248 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quaint, well preserved, historical village within half hour of Queenstown
    We recently visited Queenstown, and we were told by several of our tour guides to visit Arrowtown. As a person of Chinese descent, I appreciated the opportunity to review the historical Chinese portion of the village where the gold mine workers had settled. Arrowtown Village is picturesque, and it is well maintained and clean. Everything is walkable and in close proximity. The town has an excellent museum. There are options for dining and shopping, and it's a family-friendly atmosphere. The dining runs from snack foods such as ice cream to sandwich places and restaurants. The shopping includes boutiques, wine stores, and jewelry and souvenir shops. There are plenty of clean restroom facilities scattered throughout the village. Tip: You can catch the public bus from downtown Queenstown to Arrowtown if you are not renting a car. It's only a couple of NZ dollars, and the ride is around 25 minutes. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 January 2024
  • Debbi D
    753 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best to visit in the late afternoon/evening
    Visit after the hordes of tour buses leave in the late afternoon. They have great restaurants, brew pubs and a cute little movie theater. During the day it is mobbed by tour bus groups
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 February 2024
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TWal1
Canberra, Australia2,891 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Arrowtown’s village is confined to two streets and covers one long block. Most of the shopfronts are heritage inspired and are not out of place. The shops cater for casual dining and refreshments with something for all tastes. Many of the shops offer New Zealand produce ranging from high end to budget items. It can get busy with tourists. A pleasant way to spend an hour or so. Beyond the main village centre are other buildings of interest including cottages and the Chinese settlement.
Written 27 February 2024
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ExploringLife
Moama, Australia1,642 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Gorgeous. Stunningly beautiful. Trees, heritage architecture, clean streets, perfect weather - what more could you want.
Not one to miss.
Written 15 February 2024
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thepits
Cotswolds, UK464 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Small but pleasant shopping street with Victorian shop fronts. Reconstructed Chinese township with really good info boards detailing the tough existence for Chinese gold miners. Much preferred to Queenstown which is so touristy and really set up as a tour/experience destination.
Written 15 February 2024
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Ann S
Gold Coast31 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We booked a night here on our drive around the South Island. My friends had highly recommended it!!!
But we were bored within an hour .
Lovely clique main (only) street that looks like a movie set.
Hundreds of day trippers arriving in huge coaches. A few lovely walks.
And lots of wine to sample if you are into that .
Please visit, but just for an hour or so .
Written 13 February 2024
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Debbi D
mattapoisett, ma753 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Visit after the hordes of tour buses leave in the late afternoon. They have great restaurants, brew pubs and a cute little movie theater. During the day it is mobbed by tour bus groups
Written 11 February 2024
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TJouer
Bellbrook, OH2,248 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We recently visited Queenstown, and we were told by several of our tour guides to visit Arrowtown. As a person of Chinese descent, I appreciated the opportunity to review the historical Chinese portion of the village where the gold mine workers had settled. Arrowtown Village is picturesque, and it is well maintained and clean. Everything is walkable and in close proximity. The town has an excellent museum. There are options for dining and shopping, and it's a family-friendly atmosphere. The dining runs from snack foods such as ice cream to sandwich places and restaurants. The shopping includes boutiques, wine stores, and jewelry and souvenir shops. There are plenty of clean restroom facilities scattered throughout the village. Tip: You can catch the public bus from downtown Queenstown to Arrowtown if you are not renting a car. It's only a couple of NZ dollars, and the ride is around 25 minutes. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water.
Written 22 January 2024
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Judee
Livermore, CA934 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Stopped here for only an hour and squeezed in a 30 minute shaded trail walk and fast in and out through some shops in the main drag in town. Loads of restaurants which I did not try and excellent space aged modern bathrooms. If you are in the area it’s worth a stop as it has a little bit of a different feel since it used to be an old mining area. Some of the clothing shops are very expensive (500 NZ dollars for a blouse) and then you will find your typical souvenir stores. I’d allow 3 hours if you want a nice stroll, food and some shopping.
Written 20 January 2024
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poroger
Southampton, UK228 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We had done tow other Historical towns and this was the last and the best. With more buildings in tact and the museum is brilliant and well worth the time at on $12.50 each. Lovely restaurants and bars as well as independent shops. Great atmosphere and well worth stopping to see.
Written 17 January 2024
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Paul B
Chesterfield, UK1,661 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This is a one street village and has a feel of a western town. Old restored buildings. Plenty of parking. Well worth a visit
Written 13 January 2024
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Darren_C_Thomas
Brisbane, Australia914 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Charming village located less than an hour from Queenstown that captures the retains the essence of the original mining town. There is a really great selection of boutiques, cafes and restaurants that would appeal to everyone
Written 1 January 2024
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