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Full-Day Arrowtown and Wanaka Tour from Queenstown

  • Tour of Arrowtown and Wanaka from Queenstown
  • Explore the 19th-century gold-mining town of Arrowtown with your guide
  • Discover natural sites of interest including the Gibbston Valley and Kawarau Gorge
Full-Day Arrowtown and Wanaka Tour from Queenstown
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Full-Day Arrowtown and Wanaka Tour from Queenstown
USD 154.09
Tucked in beneath the soaring peaks and serene lakes of New Zealand’s South Island, Arrowtown and Wanaka offer outdoor adventure with a strong sense of history. On this tour, hit both destinations in one day and enjoy a drink in the famous Cardrona Hotel. Spin into the Gibbston Valley with your guide and stroll through the 19th-century gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown. Pass the fertile vineyards of Kawarau Gorge, admire spectacular views along the Crown Range road, and enjoy free time to explore Wanaka at your leisure.
What to Expect
Your full-day tour will begin with a pickup from your centrally located Queenstown hotel. From here, you will be taken to the historic Arrowtown. The town was popular for gold mining in the 1860’s with gold prospectors traveling from both Europe and China to try their luck.

Travel deeper into the Gibbston Valley and along the Kawarau Gorge, you'll gaze upon vineyard after vineyard; in a rugged setting that has lent itself to the production of award-winning pinot noirs.

Arrive into Cromwell and reveal the secrets that lay beneath the man-made lake and the Clyde Dam beyond it and we'll treat you to a classic morning tea - a hot drink and a slice.

Historically used by Maori as a pathway to greenstone sites and later by goldminers for accommodation close to Cardrona claims, today Wanaka has branded itself as a lifestyle reserve, surrounded by huge mountains and massive glaciers. You will be lead to the Reflection Tree, which grows within the lake. No matter what season it is, this tree will always make for great photos.

Then, have one hour of free time to wander Wanaka at your whim, maybe you'll look around the shops, sit and have an icecream by the lake, or go for a walk along the lake path; the choice is yours. This is also a good time to grab some lunch at a nice local café.

As you head back towards Queenstown, you will take the Crown Range home. As New Zealand's highest sealed road, the Crown Range is usually covered in snow in winter and boasts some incredible viewing platforms. You will step out and soak these up and grab a photo or three.

Before returning to the hotel, there is still one more famous stop to make. Built in 1863 to service gold prospectors, offering them accommodation, and a place to stop and seek refreshment, is Cardrona Hotel. It is one of New Zealand's oldest pubs, and possibly the most well-known. Pop in and explore, and we'll shout you a beer or soft drink to enjoy in the beer garden or by the fire.
Reviews (29)
1 - 5 of 19 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Full day Arrowtown and Wanaka

Wayne was knowledgeable, fun and a great driver. His lunch recommendation for lunch in Wanaka was fantastic! Small friendly group made the day even more enjoyable. Couldn’t recommend this trip more!

Thank kjt378
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great day out

Had a great day out with Wayne on his arrowtown / wanaka tour. Very informative on all the areas, small group tour, really enjoyed it. And even his comical repertoire😊

Thank Paul B
RST-Queenstown, Owner at Remarkable Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Paul, thanks for the review, happy you like all my bad dad jokes:) Wayne

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A Truly Awesome Full Day Tour To Some Really Beautiful Places!

I'm only FINALLY getting around to reviewing this tour (yes almost exactly 1 year later from when I took it), but nonetheless, thought I should give my two cents since it was a really enjoyable tour, and a truly awesome one at that as it...More

Thank Jeff206
RST-Queenstown, Owner at Remarkable Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Jeff, yes, I remember you jumping in the lake, can't believe that’s been a year? Thanks for taking the time to write such a great review. Cheers Wayne

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
highly recommend them if you want a more personalized tour

We booked our Lake Wanaka and Arrowtown trip with them. Operated by Kathy and Wayne. Both excellent and friendly. We met Wayne at the local pick up point for majority of tours. There was a bit of miscommunication at the beginning because we had an...More

Thank Mystiqz
RST-Queenstown, Owner at Remarkable Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your great review that sums up our day perfectly. Our Full and Half days are generally to long for children under 5 so this is the reason we normally don't take them and recommend private tours for families. Caitlyn was the perfect traveller...More

Reviewed 14 September 2018
Truly a Remarkable Tour

Thanks Wayne for a wonderful introduction to some truly magical places your commentary highly entertaining tips for where to eat lunch in Wanaka awsome. it was great to experience all these destinations through a locals perspective. Thankyou also to you Kathy for making this tour...More

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RST-Queenstown, Owner at Remarkable Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2018

Thanks Robyne & John for the great review, come back and see us next time you are in Queenstown. Regards Wayne & Kathy

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11 April 2018|
Response from Courtney N | Reviewed this property |
For the full day trip, we left at about 9am and returned at about 4:30 pm.