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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  • October 11, 2017
    A visit to Arrowtown is not complete without a visit down to the Arrow River. Whether its just to enjoy the peace and solitude, that being near the river provides, or visitiong the excellent Chinese M...  more »
  • October 8, 2017
    We went goldmining here and for a stroll, had a bite to eat at a cafe near the river, and then headed into Arrowtown for a stroll around the shops - didn't find any gold but managed to keep ourselves ...  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    Follow the Arrowtown Heritage walk for an easy, lovely walk down either side of the Arrow River. The trail is well maintained, and there are only a few inclines. There's also a LOTR attraction.  more »
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  • September 24, 2017
    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~
  • April 18, 2017
    Stunning

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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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