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Arrowtown, only 20km northeast of Queenstown, is a delight. First settled when gold was discovered in the Arrow River in the early 1860s, it is now a charming place, the pride of many who choose to live there.

The main street boasts attractive shops and cafes in historic buildings, while short walks down by the Arrow River attract many, especially when autumn comes around.

While it’s easiest to get here with your own wheels, it’s also possible to come on Queenstown’s Orbus Bus network.

Arrowtown Autumn Festival

Celebrate the colours near Queenstown (late-Apr)

Buckingham Street

Well-preserved main street

Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

Imagine life in 1860s gold rush times

Lake Hayes Walkway

Gorgeous walk near Queenstown (3hrs)

Lakes District Museum & Gallery

Local history & art of the region

Millbrook Resort

Top golf near Arrowtown

Postmasters Cottage Cafe

Local produce & history (b,l,d; $$)

Sawpit Gully Track

Scenic hike behind Arrowtown (3hrs)

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Francis Vallance (Heritage Warrior)