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Arrow River, Queenstown

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#6 of 15 in Nature in Otago Region
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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. Put Arrow River and other Queenstown attractions into our Queenstown trip itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This is such a pretty area, with diverse vegetation. We were lucky and had a sunny day so the clear water was particularly beautiful.  more »
  • The gold panning was a lot of fun, never realized the work involved. Came home with a little sliver. It was also interesting to note a scene from Lord of the Rings was shot here.  more »
  • Went to have a look at Arrowtown whilst staying in Queenstown. I be live scenes from Lord of the rings filmed at the river. As with most of New Zealand the scenery is lovely. If you are visiting just ...  more »

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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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