Our pick of the best walks & hiking tracks in cute Arrowtown
We enjoyed some excellent walking tracks in the tiny gold rush town of Arrowtown. The council has been busy, the walking and biking will keep you full on all day. Arrowtown is just sooooo cute, it has a real historic feel with it’s one way street, charming village shops, big trees and lots of cafes to choose from.
Another awesome way to see Arrowtown if you don’t want to walk around is to do a self-guided tour of Arrowtown and Gibbston Valley on a brand new premium E-Bike or Cruiser Hardtrail bike. If you can’t be bothered walking or biking then take a 3 hour Lord of the Rings Tour and see the film locations.
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Our list of the best walks in Arrowtown
We’ve personally walked and photographed all the walks in Arrowtown listed below. You’ll see detailed information on each walk including track times, distance, track quality, hazards, difficultly, map, river crossings, photos, track points plus dogs and bike access.
Time to do a bike ride from Arrowtown, this self guided ride and wine bike tour is the best value:
This popular self guided tour starts at the Arrowtown Bike Hire base in the middle of town. Equipped with a quality front suspension bike, you start this beautiful riverside ride under spectacular Willow trees. Crossing purpose built suspension bridges you ride through open farmland with stunning mountain views and pass over breathtaking canyons until you reach the historic Kawarau Bridge, home to AJ Hackett Bungy.
A short ride then takes you to your final stop, Gibbston Valley Wines. Here you join a wine expert and sample some fabulous local wines. Transport is then provided for you and your bike back to Arrowtown.
- Ride distance 14 kilometers.
- Ride time 21/2 hours.
- Departs daily all year round. Allow 4 hours for this tour.
- Trail is undulating gravel trail and classed easy/intermediate.
- Arrive at 9.30 am, to depart on your bike by 10 am.
- We will collect you from Gibbston at approximately 1.30 pm returning to Arrowtown by 2pm.
Let us know in the ‘Special Requirements’ field whether you would prefer a comfort or mountain bike.
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Frequently asked questions about Arrowtown
In any season the town is a photographer’s dream. Arrowtown is well known for its stunning autumn colours with beautiful gold and orange on the hillsides and surrounding areas during April and May. The Arrowtown Autumn Festival in mid-April is well worth a visit.
It can get really cold in Arrowtown so be prepared, take a hat and gloves if you’re walking in autumn or winter. Even in summer, take a warm jacket just in case the weather turns bad.
No, is the quick answer on any DOC land, although you can get a permit to fly your drone (from DOC), including private and non-commercial use. Applying for the permit for the first time can be a little tricky, there is a free pre-application meeting then you need to contact the local iwi to assess whether your proposed activity will have any cultural effects. Oh, and it’ll cost you quite a bit for each DOC region you apply to use your drone. Use DOC Maps to help you find each region.
We love going to Arrowtown in autumn just before the colourful leaves fall off the trees. However, that doesn’t mean it’s no good any other time, it’s a great place to visit all year round. Arrowtown weather can be really unpredictable, so be a bit flexible with your plans and always take a jacket on any walk.
Our Tips & Tricks on booking your trip to Arrowtown:
Here’s our tips for finding the best prices for your trip to Arrowtown.
Lowest Price Guarantee on Campervan Hire from Queenstown Airport – Compare Prices of 15 Motorhome Companies
Jucy Rentals are defiantly the cheapest with a really big range of camper-vans. If you’re looking for a van you can stand up in or with a bit more room then try Mighty. Britz and Maui are very popular and cater for small and really big campers.
Book your rental car from Queenstown Airport here
I’ve found the prices quite competitive for rental cars from DriveNow, they also have a really good selection to choose from. When booking there is a very handy “Live Chat” option if you get stuck.
Places to stay in Arrowtown:
You can book a backpacker or hostel with Hostelworld, they have a huge range. If you want to stay at a hotel/motel or private home/holiday home, then use Booking.com. They consistently have the cheapest prices, plus you’ll find the same private houses that Airbnb have but you don’t pay the extra “Service Fee”. I use them all the time in New Zealand and overseas. Here’s Booking.com’s accommodation choices in Arrowtown on a handy map.
Don’t forget your travel insurance:
Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past especially for medical. I’ve been using World Nomads for years and it’s very good.
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If you’ve been on one of these walks, please add a comment, we’d love to read about it and share with others. Or visit the our Facebook Group, ask questions, meet people, post photos and share your walking experiences! We’d love to hear from you.
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