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Arrowtown Village
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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 July 2014

Disclaimer: we live here, we love it. But I talk to visitors every day, so here we go. It is very pretty, clean and safe. The historic building are 99% well maintained but not tacky. A great selection of cafes, casual restaurants, a couple of bars and more serious dining too. Good range of retail for those who like shopping. It kind of looks like a movie set it's so post-card pretty. Wander about, look at the cool buildings, walk along the river, visit the excellent Museum and Chinese Village.

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"the main street"
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"the river"
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"chinese settlement"
in 98 reviews
"gold mining town"
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"cafes and restaurants"
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"lots of shops"
in 15 reviews
"small town"
in 39 reviews
"quaint shops"
in 14 reviews
"lovely town"
in 18 reviews
"worth a visit"
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"short drive"
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"autumn colours"
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"post office"
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"few hours"
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"lolly shop"
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"new zealand"
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

This is a good town to wander around, looking for historical markers that tell about its mining history. Particularly poignant are the Chinese laborers' cottages. The hills surrounding the town provide a colorful backdrop. Shops are like those you'd find anywhere. Restaurants offer a variety of foods

1  Thank grip652
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

Arrowtown is a lovely little town not far from Queenstown N.Z. Fine restaurants and cafes. Chop Cafe and A Taste of Gibbston Valley are my favourites at the moment. Lolly Shop, Fashion Woollen Clothing Shops, Blue Moon is my favourite Gift Shop. My Grandson tells me there is a cool creek to play in and of course there is also a Chinese Village and a museum to visit. A must do if in the area.

Thank Glenda R
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

I went to arrowtown with my friend and we like it a lot. the best part is the gold rush museum. it has the most complete historical artifacts!. we took one day trip bus to reach the arrowtown village and it is just beautiful. we also bought a lot of candies from one of the shop :)

Thank dependopo
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

We had heard great things about quaint Arrowtown set on the river and with its gold mining heritage.so we stopped on our way to Queenstown.

Sadly it was all too "twee" and false for our liking. The small western style high street of shop looks like it was built 10 years ago and the shops charged ludicrously high prices.

The only part worth visiting is the Chinese village

Thank EssexRichard
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