Arrowtown - Family Friendly

Arrowtown, founded on gold mining in 1862, is stunning in all seasons and offers a warm welcome for families wishing to explore this living historic town.

Arrowtown is known for its trees and the spectacular Autumn colours and activities. Visit during  the Arrowtown Autumn Festival when thousands of people flock to the town. But Arrowtown stuns visitors in all seasons, not just in Autumn.  Whether dropping in for a couple of hours, or taking a few days, there are options for all lengths of stay and Arrowtown is only 20 minutes from Queenstown.

The heritage of the gold rush is seen today in quaint stone and wooden buildings or by exploring the many walking and biking trails starting from the town.

Lakes District Museum
Start your visit by exploring the district’s only museum, a treasure trove of stories and exhibits from the early Maori, through the early pioneering days, to the exciting mining era of the late 1800s.

Arrowtown’s Chinese Village, just 5 minutes walk from the town, tells the story of the early Chinese miners who lived and worked here in the 19th century. The village is partially restored and well interpreted, making it a popular attraction.

Gold Panning
For the cost of gold pan hire, children can sense the thrill of gold mining by fossicking for gold in the Arrow River, once one of the world’s richest sources of gold.

Culinary and Shopping Delights
Arrowtown is renowned for its café and restaurant culture with relaxed, child friendly dining.  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.

A tasting at the local sweet shop or chocolate shop is a must for all ages, while a casual stroll through lanes reveals specialised shops. Many are owner operated, and feature a wide range of products. All shops are within a few minutes walk of each other and free parking ensures you can take your time to explore the lanes and arcades. Arrowtown’s boutique cinema, Dorothy Brown’s features art house and general release movies in a beautiful atmosphere.

Stay and Play
Numerous Arrowtown accommodation options allow you to explore Arrowtown longer, with several accommodation choices just minutes walk from the outstanding delights the town has to offer.

With in close proximity to Arrowtown there is more to discover with wineries, the Kawarau Bungy site and the  region's finest walking and cycling trails on your doorstep. Three golf courses border the town with the Arrowtown Golf Club one of New Zealand’s finest country courses and the internationally rated Millbrook and The Hills courses are just a stone’s throw away. For snow enthusiasts Arrowtown is easily central to five nearby skifields.

Walking and Cycling
The popular walking trails and cycling tracks include the newest, the Queenstown Trail, and feature spectacular mountain and river scenery. The Queenstown Trail’s most popular and scenic section leads across the spectacular Edgar Bridge to the Kawarau Bungy site. There are trails for all fitness levels and maps are available at the Lakes District Museum. For more information  visit

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