Arrow River, Queenstown

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Short and swift, Arrow River played a key role in the Central Otago gold rush of the 1860s. Today, visitors may know the river better as a location in Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" film trilogy. Try your hand at panning for gold at Arrowtown, a historical gold-mining town on the river's banks, or take in the serene landscape along the riverside hiking and biking trail. Thrill seekers will enjoy the 4x4 tours and jet boat rides. Plan your Arrow River visit and explore what else you can see and do in Queenstown using our Queenstown trip planning app .
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  • Spent a few hours by the river and in the river. Water is cool and clean and the area a great place to hike.  more »
  • Super hike but be prepared to get your feet wet. We took the lower track and crossed the river a number of times. The weather was really hot so this was not a problem. great views, good history. Good ...  more »
  • Beautiful place to visit, interesting history to see and walking distance from shops in Arrowtown, Friendly and clean  more »
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  • You need to be there!!! In Autumn the forest goes superb colorful. Best time to visit is around late April. You can spend 1 day in the town and half-day hiking at the river :). Enjoy~
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Where to stay in Queenstown

To enjoy views of Lake Wakatipu in a luxury setting, try one of the many boutique and long-established hotels of the downtown area. As a resort town, Queenstown also offers a range of more modest accommodations, ideal for adventurers, backpackers, and those eager to spend more time outside than in. These come in the form of hostels, rental apartments, campsites, and suburban motels. A good local bus service provides connections between the downtown and suburban areas, and out to the surrounding attractions, and many accommodations offer package tours.
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