Arrowtown is a historic gold mining town in the Otago region of New Zealand’s South Island, a short 15min drive from Queenstown. One of the most picturesque settlements in New Zealand, Arrowtown sits alongside the gold-bearing Arrow River.

The town was established in 1862, during the height of the Otago gold rush. It is a living historic settlement with many stories to tell. Wander by the restored cottages and explore gold mining sights along the river.

A special highlight is the Chinese settlement at the edge of the river. Built by Chinese miners from 1868, this area of restored shelters and buildings paints a picture of earlier times.

The gold days are long over (although you can still pan for gold in the river with some success). So Arrowtown’s focus is on hosting visitors.

Arrowtown is a great place to spend time. Play a round at the challenging local golf course. Take a 4WD journey to Macetown, a ghost town accessible only by wagon track. While away some time wandering the streets, café hopping in the range of cafes, restaurants and bars. Browse boutiques selling homeware, souvenirs, wool and designer clothing.