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The discovery of gold in this river led to the settlement of thousands along its banks.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely, cozy mining township with excellent shopping (more artisan than tourist) and beautiful food. Have a loop walk down the river to end your arvo. Gorgeous!!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank amylmb2014
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazingly that in the old days the Chinese immigrants were looking for gold here. The circumstances during those days must have been tough. There are a number of tiny little cabins were they lived. The area is beautiful but very crowded with tourists now. Bus...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Jan Willem t
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very pretty area especially if you are visiting in autumn- April to June. I recommend doing sawpit gully walking trail which goes around arrowtown river- it is just a beautiful walk with mesmerising views.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved exploring the historic Chineses settlement, so interesting! If we had bikes, the river trail would be lovely to ride. Nice to be able to buy an ice cream at the Patagonia ice cream shop. Exciting to think gold was found in this river.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank HeatherRichHarkness
Reviewed 25 August 2019

I loved our afternoon walk along the river ! an easy walk.. good paths and signs... an easy stroll!!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank CJO193
Reviewed 29 July 2019

It depends where you start, but you can walk 4.2 to 6 km surrounded by beautiful nature. It is so peaceful and a place one can walk by oneself.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank 352bettyh
Reviewed 27 June 2019

Such a beautiful area to hike. Historical snippets of early Chinese settlers were strategically placed.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank doreenllc
Reviewed 11 June 2019

Stopped off here on a trip to pan for gold all good fun and sand flies although they weren't too much of a problem, river is much like a lot of NZ rivers quite shallow and chalky but a nice place to come to, just...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Stephen A
Reviewed 23 May 2019

We stopped in Arrowtown for coffee and a rest it was a beautiful day and its a pretty place to visit the walk along the river is pretty special , we didn't stay to long but enjoyed it immensely

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Sandra M
Reviewed 2 May 2019

It's interesting but you need a good vantage point from a mountain peak/platform to really appreciate it's beauty.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Your skin must be removed. Visit Dr Ramsay Bolton ASAP
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Response from CharlotteLee88 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a bus that runs between arrowtown and Queenstown there website is connectabus it has the timetables