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Arrow River

Queenstown, New Zealand
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The discovery of gold in this river led to the settlement of thousands along its banks.
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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"chinese settlement"
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"gold panning"
in 18 reviews
"arrowtown bakery"
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"mining village"
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"autumn foliage"
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"nice easy walk"
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"pan for gold"
in 5 reviews
"clear water"
in 3 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 10 reviews
"natural beauty"
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"wings"
in 16 reviews
"bike ride"
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"beautiful scenery"
in 9 reviews
"town centre"
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"few hours"
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"couple of hours"
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"sunny day"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

To be honest, there wasn't much to do besides walking, panning for gold and wondering how someone got there 4WD bogged in the river (see pics for more details).

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This may be better in summer however when we went in July, the walk was underwhelming. There wasn't much scenary and the river bank was full of rubbish.

Thank Nicole D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took my 4WD vehicle & made my way out to Macetown. Just the most amazing trip & experience. Not to be done unless you are a very experienced 4WD driver.

Thank Paul K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We traveled through Arrow town on our way to Wanaka . It was extremely cold, with ice and frost all over the place! Nice little town, with some interesting gold mining history. Nice place for a look and a coffee!

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Reviewed 17 May 2018

This is a peaceful river that flows along the chinese settlement village. It creates a peacful and lovely mood around the area.

Thank minimize940314
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

The history around the Chinese settlement is fascinating and the trails that can be walked are great. Options for advanced or easy walking and quick access into raw and beautiful river valley scenery.

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Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

River that passes through Arrowtown lovely in autumn with its colours and walks alongside in the town

Thank happysheepChina
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

We took a family walk along the river bank and had a pleasant walk by the sandy and rocky banks of the river. Can see why its appealing and chosen for the Lord of the Rings movie.

Thank moonlotus18
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

From Arrow Town, we went on the Arrow Gorge Track, as far as Norman Smith Bridge (on the map, this was the Norman Spencer Bridge, which was a little confusing... unless we were reading the Mao wrongly, haha). It was about 1-hour return, and was...More

Thank apecalvin
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

This is a beautiful ride out from arrowtown, along the river and out to Gibbston valley. You pass over high bridges and beautiful scenery. Would highly recommend but don't drink to much at the winery if you intend to ride back - there are some...More

Thank Tennille S
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gjbeyer
15 December 2017|
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They are sand flies and there is nothing you can do really..
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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
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