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“Cheap & Best thrills in Arrowtown”
Review of Arrowtown Village

Arrowtown Village
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US$145.59*
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Wakatipu Basin Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour from Queenstown
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Arrowtown
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Owner description: 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 whether the newly restored miner’s cottages, the latest exhibit at the Lakes District Museum or the magnificent trails. Arrowtown is renowned for its café and restaurant 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 only 20 minutes from Queenstown and a mere 15 minutes from Queenstown airport.
Reviewed 22 June 2014

Arrowtown is a charming, original gold mining town that has retained it's character and lovely to stop for a wander around Chinatown and grab a bite to eat. Lovely in it's authenticity after the lack of historical buildings in nearby Queenstown. It can be a quick trip or take the time to walk along the river and through the surrounding streets where dozens of pioneers houses are still homes today.

It is well worth a wander (at no cost) around the excavated Chinese settlement to learn about the hard lives these early pioneers endured. Whether you are a history buff or not make sure you visit the museum - pick up a $6 gold mining pan there - walk a block towards the river and give it a go according to the instructions. This was a heaps of fun for my family and albeit we had children with us my husband was the most excited and got gold fever! We found gold in most pans - but don't kid yourself - it is literally teeny bits!!

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Reviewed 8 June 2014

This is a delightful old mining village with many of its shops still in the original buildings. However, as with all 'tourist' towns, this one has now got too many shops selling touristy gifts. Fortunately, there are some good eateries here so you can get away form the crowds and just absorb the atmosphere of this historical place.

Thank Ingenius
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

I suggest that if you are planning on travelling to this part of New Zealand you do it in early Autumn (Apr-May) - the visual of changing trees and reflections is spectacular!

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

We stopped off in Arrowtown on our way to Queenstown and really enjoyed our few hours here.
It's set on the river and has a goldmining heritage. There is a high street of shops, but these are inkeeping with the goldmining theme and we really enjoyed wondering around looking at all the things on offer.
Highly recommended stop-off if you're heading to / from Queenstown.

Thank GemGem599
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

We had a lovely day at the festival - a street parade and market and then sat in the Autumn sun having Devonshire tea followed by a glass of wine - then dinner later that night at Saffron! Best oysters I have ever eaten in my life!

Thank MaryCR63
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