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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  • 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 ...  more »
  • Only a few mins drive from Queenstown. lovely river walks and historical site from gold rush days. Close to the town which is very quaint. Try the pies from the bakery.  more »
  • With friends all the way to the arrow town, a very small place, visited the Chinese labor residence, understand some history, two street turn, 20 minutes to fix. South Island stunning place too much, so in the case of travel tense, can completely overlook one of the attractions. To be Wanak fly a plane, more surprises!
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  • Beautiful quiet clean and dog friendly region... We trail run frequently along this river... just Brilliant
  • 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~
  • Stunning

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