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Arrowtown's walking trails will take you alongside clear streams, into shady forests or around a mirror lake, and deep into the rugged mountains. Whether you’re looking for a gentle stroll to stretch your legs or a strenuous multi-day hike – or something in between – Arrowtown has a track to suit.
Many of the tracks start at a mapboard close to the centre of town by the Chinese Village, perfectly placed for a delicious pick-me-up at a café or a well-earned beer at a pub when you’ve finished. From here you can make your choice from a variety of loop walks ranging from an hour-long riverside amble to full-day expeditions into the hills.
With over a dozen tracks to choose from you’ll find something just right for you. The locals’ favourite is the Sawpit Gully Trail, which climbs steeply into the hills and offers mountain streams, waterfalls, historic sites from the gold-mining era and views of the Wakatipu Basin, all in the space of a couple of hours.
For fit, experienced, well-equipped hikers, the mountains are calling and from Arrowtown there are routes up to Brow Peak, Advance Peak and Crown Peak. These more demanding trips, best done in summer, reward the long, stiff ascents with breathtaking views over hills and valleys.
Maybe you’re looking for an overnight trip? Pack a tent and walk the old miners’ pack track to the ghost town of Macetown and camp there, or wend your way through the mountains to Lake Wanaka on the challenging Motatapu Track, staying at the Department of Conservation huts.
For more information about walking options, visit the official Arrowtown website (www.arrowtown.com) or drop in to the visitor centre at the Lakes District Museum in the main street.
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