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Picture-perfect Arrowtown in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island has been wonderfully preserved since a goldmining rush in the area led to a massive influx of people seeking their fortune by panning in the Arrow River. Today, it’s a popular tourist destination – some trying their own luck at panning – and has some excellent sights and accommodation. The resort town of Queenstown and the picturesque Lake Hayes it lies on the edge of is only 20 minutes away. Arrowtown is also well known as a base for skiing some great slopes in the region during winter, during the skiing season from around June to October.
Staying in the historic area of Arrowtown affords visitors the true feeling of the town. At bed and breakfasts and cottages there, as well as boutique hotels, you can learn about the place from your hosts, and get the best tips on where to go. Outside the town, the stunning natural landscape provides the most relaxing of getaways. There is astounding luxury accommodation to be had a few kilometres outside the town, providing guests with almost unrivalled personal service and fine dining. Whatever your accommodation tastes for a holiday in Arrowtown, there’s something to please, both in the town and out in the surroundings.
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Many of the activities available in Haast are nature related, so this is definitely the place to be if you love all things natural. You can explore the extraordinary beauty that surrounds Haast on your own, or with a tour. You can also take tours by land, sea and even air!
Arrowtown is great in summer or winter; it’s a place for all seasons. There’s lots to explore and see in this marvellous, unspoiled region brimming with long history, culture and food and wines. You don’t have to strike gold to feel lucky on a holiday in Arrowtown, but you can still try.
The climate in the Arrowtown area is moderate and fairly stable. That means temperatures can top 20C in January but can fall to an average low of under 3C during the winter months, particularly in July. February is usually the driest month, and March the wettest.
Visitors can learn all about the area at the Lakes District Museum in the centre of Arrowtown. You can hire a pan there and see if you can find any gold in the river. Tours and excursions can be booked through the museum.
Hire a bike and cycle around the countryside, or go on an organised cycle tour. Many take in interesting places along the way, including wineries. Some companies deliver bikes to your accommodation, and there are cycle trails for different abilities. You can also be driven to mountainous routes and get out your bike and cycle from there.
Golf lovers will be in heaven in Arrowtown. There’s a world-class 27-hole championship course at Millbrooke that’s repeatedly voted the best in all of Australasia. It’s open to the public all year round and is the perfect place for a few rounds. Expert coaching staff can offer tips and techniques, as well as basic instruction for learners.
In winter, it’s time to hit the slopes for some of the best skiing in the region. Some firms deliver ski gear directly to visitors’ accommodation, so you don’ have to go searching it out in shops. There are five international-standard ski slopes in the region, and there’s a range of other winter activities, including ice skating and snow-shoeing.
Arrowtown has some great cafés and restaurants where you can have some of the best foods, from local to international, as well as fine local wines and craft beers. A perfect way to end a day in a perfect place.
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