Once was famous during gold rush era in South Island, Arrowtown is a must-visit when you are traveling to New Zealand. Its unique old town combined with super laid-back Kiwi spirit are magnet to everyone who happen to pass by this charming-yet-quirky town on the way to Queenstown, the capital of Otago district. The easiest access to visit Arrowtown is by driving around 45 mins from Queenstown. The name Arrowtown comes from the river crossing this town, Arrow River.
Start your day trip by walking pass the main road of Arrowtown, Buckingham Street. Enjoy unique shop hopping experience where you bring yourself to visit the butcher, real estate agent office, souvenir shop, candy shop, and many more interesting old style shops. At the end of the street, you will find the Lakes District Museum and Gallery, a very nice spot in town where you can learn about early Maori life, the harsh pioneering days of the European settlers and goldminers through working displays covering two floors and incorporating three historic buildings.
- Hours of opening: Monday – Sunday 8.30am – 5.00pm
- Closed: Christmas Day
- Adults: NZD $8
- Children : NZD $2 (children under 5 are free)
My personal favourite part of the city is the tree-lined avenue of tiny miner’s cottages. The buildings in this lovely precinct house shops, galleries, bars, and restaurants – many classy, most individual, not one from an international chain. I had a delightful brunch in Provisions Cafe (www.provisions.co.nz), located in one of the miners historic cottages. They serve fresh great food combined with southern friendly service.