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Popular amenities for Arrowtown vacation rentals

Stay near Arrowtown's top sights

Amisfield Winery station169 locals recommend
Dorothy Browns Cinema & Bar156 locals recommend
The Chop Shop90 locals recommend
The Fork And Tap87 locals recommend
The Blue Door Arrowtown83 locals recommend
La Rumbla75 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Arrowtown

  • Total rentals

    400 properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $30 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    15K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    280 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    40 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    30 properties have a pool

Your guide to Arrowtown

All About Arrowtown

Located 10 miles away from the adventure hub of Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island, Arrowtown is a small 19th-century mining town whose low-slung wooden buildings look straight out of a Western movie. Arrowtown is located on the banks of the Arrow River, and soaring mountains form the backdrop for the historic main drag of Buckingham Street, now occupied by mom-and-pop restaurants and small shops.

Just outside town, you’ll also find a wide array of hiking trails, such as the New Chum Gully Track and Crown Peak Hike, allowing you to see some of the amazing scenery of the central Otago region. And less than 20 minutes away, you can ride the churning waters of the Shotover River through dramatic canyon landscapes. If you drive east on State Highway 6, passing sheep and deer paddocks along the way, you’ll come across Central Otago, one of New Zealand’s best wine regions, particularly known for its pinots.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Arrowtown

Thanks to an array of outdoor activities, there is no bad time to secure your vacation accommodation in Arrowtown. During the summer, you can enjoy long, warm days with excellent conditions for hiking. If you are traveling over the school holidays, keep in mind it can get quite busy in both Queenstown and Arrowtown during this time. In the fall, the crowds thin out as the leaves burst into a brilliant display of orange, red, and yellow. There is also a fun, five-day autumn festival held in October featuring 30 different events, including a parade, art exhibition, and gold panning competition. During the winter, you can strap on your skis and head out on some of the nearby slopes.

Top things to do in Arrowtown

Shotover River

You will find the Shotover River a 20-minute drive west of Arrowtown. Originally known for being one of the world’s richest gold-producing waterways, this fast-moving river weaves its way through a magnificent canyon. Today, it is a popular spot for white-water rafting and jet boating. If you are feeling extra adventurous, you can even go for a ride on a canyon swing or zipline.

Crown Range Road

This beautiful road, which connects Wanaka and Queenstown, is one of the best ways to explore the epic scenery of the Crown Range mountains around Arrowtown. It reaches an impressive altitude of 3,677 feet, making it the highest road in New Zealand. You’ll find many great lookout points along the way where you can stop to take photos.

Hiking Trails

More than 15 different hiking trails wind their way around town, ranging from one-hour jaunts like the Arrow River Trail to multiday journeys such as the Motatapu Track, which connects Arrowtown to Wanaka, passing Macetown, Roses Saddle, and Fern Burn along the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Arrowtown?

    Arrowtown experiences a temperate climate with warm summers reaching up to 80°F (27°C) and cold winters, where temperatures can drop to around 32°F (0°C). The area is also known for its vibrant autumn foliage and snowy winter landscapes.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Arrowtown?

    Visitors to Arrowtown often enjoy exploring the picturesque historic district, biking along the Arrow River, or taking a leisurely stroll around Millbrook Resort's championship golf course. Pan for gold at the Arrow River, a fun activity for all ages.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Arrowtown?

    Autumn is a popular time to visit Arrowtown, when the trees display their stunning fall colors. The Arrowtown Autumn Festival, held annually in April, is an event that attracts travelers with its parade, market, and art exhibitions.

  • What are the best places to stay in Arrowtown?

    Buckingham Street, the heart of Arrowtown, is a desirable place to stay. Other popular areas include Centennial Avenue for its proximity to local amenities, and Cotter Avenue for its quiet, residential atmosphere.

  • What are the best places to visit in Arrowtown?

    The Lakes District Museum, a testament to Arrowtown's gold-mining history, is often recommended. The Chinese Settlement, a preserved miners' village, and the Arrowtown Bakery, famed for its pies, are also frequently visited.

  • What are some hiking trails in Arrowtown?

    Arrowtown offers a variety of trails for all fitness levels. The well-loved Arrow River Trail, the Sawpit Gully Loop with its diverse flora and fauna, and the Tobin's Track offering panoramic views, are all worth exploring.

  • What are some family activities to do in Arrowtown?

    Families visiting Arrowtown can enjoy a picnic at the Arrowtown Village Green, explore the Arrowtown Historic Precinct, or have fun gold panning at the Arrow River. The Dorothy Brown’s Cinema, Bar and Bookshop also provides an engaging experience for families.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Arrowtown?

    Explore the rich history of Arrowtown's gold mining past by visiting the Lakes District Museum, or stroll under a canopy of trees in the Arrowtown Chinese Settlement. For nature lovers, a hike on the Arrow River Trail is a great way to spend the day. If you're up for a short drive, Queenstown, just 20 kilometers (12 miles) away, is home to the Skyline Queenstown, a gondola ride providing panoramic views of the region, and Lake Wakatipu, ideal for a leisurely lakeside picnic.

  • Are there house rentals with a dedicated workspace in Arrowtown?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 60 house rentals in Arrowtown featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there family-friendly cottage rentals in Arrowtown?

    Arrowtown has more than 20 family-friendly cottage rentals. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

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