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Arrowtown is a contrast to Queenstown. It has a charm and village feel and retains a lot of the original buildings of the original gold rush. A group of Chinese gold miners settled in Arrowtown in 1869 and lived at Bush Creek by the Arrow River.
The settlement was abandoned but rediscovered in 1983 and now open as an historical site with some of the buildings reconstructed.

Arrowtown has a good collection of shops in Buckingham Street and many specialty shops catering to the visitor. A good place to browse. Restaurants and cafés are of a high standard and popular with both locals and visitors.

The Lakes District Museum has a good display of artifacts and historical information. You can even try your luck panning for gold in the Arrow River.


Arrowtown is 19km from Queenstown and about a 20 minute drive. It can be part of a circular drive via Coronet Peak one way and Lake Hayes on the return. Arrowtown is also on the way to the bungy jump on the Kawarau river.

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