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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. Put Arrow River and other Queenstown attractions into our Queenstown trip itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Beautiful river setting. Great walk close to Arrowtown. No surprise it was selected for use in "The Lord of the Rings". Be alert to the possiblity of being run down by crazy four wheel drive tours tho...  more »
  • Took a day out to Arrowtown just 30 mins easy but beautiful drive from Queenstown. Great cafes for morning or afternoon tea and plenty of options for a leisurely lunch. Craft shops etc but the river i...  more »
  • Best appreciated around autumn when the trees are turning yellow, but also in summer, nice braided river.  more »