There is so much more to Arrowtown than the picturesque landscapes and golden scenery. It’s a town steeped in history, stories, and character, just waiting to be explored. So, we’ve designed a list of the top 10 things to do to ensure you don’t miss a thing during your stay with us at Arrowtown House.
Step into a world of childhood dreams. The Remarkable Sweet Shop is filled with sugary goodness from floor to ceiling, with the largest selection of confectionary in NZ. There are endless options for every tastebud. Candy, chocolate, nougat, fudge, you name it, they have it. Take advantage of the free fudge tasting and pick n mix lolly jars. Why not treat yourself?
Immerse yourself in Arrowtown’s gold mining history and visit the Chinese Settlement. Filled with historical significance, this little village is a reminder of the Chinese gold miners’ harsh living conditions during the 1860s Otago Gold Rush. A short walk around will take you back into the ‘golden’ era as you explore the partially restored huts and learn about the town’s fascinating heritage.
Life is too short to drink bad wine. So, it’s a good thing Arrowtown is home to award-winning wineries, including Wet Jacket Wines, Amisfield Bistro & Cellar Door, and Chard Farm. Another gorgeous venue is Akarua Wines & Kitchen by Artisan. Renowned for their pinot noirs and unique cuisine, they offer an unforgettable food & wine experience. Be sure to purchase your favourite bottle of wine to enjoy in Arrowtown House’s outdoor garden setting.
Home to the biggest golfing event in New Zealand, Millbrook Resort offers two 18 hole courses to host the NZ Golf Open. Play like the pros at this exclusive course, surrounded by the mountains of Whakatipu. Amongst the top 10 courses of NZ, Arrowtown Golf Club also offer a sensational player-friendly 18 holes. Competitive tournaments, casual play or coaching, the Arrowtown golfing community has it all.
Some say Arrowtown is best explored by foot. With great walks like Sawpit Gully, Crown Peak Loop, Bush Creek, and Big Hill Track right in your backyard, nothing is stopping you from getting out and spending the day in nature. For a list of our favourite Arrowtown walks, check out ‘3 great walks to do on your next stay with us’.
Once home to Arrowtown’s postmasters in the 1860s, this historic cottage has been transformed into an adored town café. Take a seat indoors or on the outdoor verandah and try their delicious seasonal menu made from locally sourced produce. Or, if you’re strapped for time, grab a takeaway coffee. A little secret: If you purchase a sustainable keep-cup, your first coffee will be on the house!
An interactive, award-winning museum where history comes to life. Established in 1948, this museum has since been educating visitors about Arrowtown’s early Maori life, pioneering settlers, and gold mining history. With a collection of ancient artefacts and working displays, this hands-on experience is treasured by all ages.
Buckingham Street is the beating heart of Arrowtown’s history. It’s lined with heritage buildings dating back to the 1870s and unique shops owned and operated by the locals. Browse through clothing stores, art galleries, museums, and other boutique shops or simply relax in a café or restaurant and soak in the town’s vibrant atmosphere.
What started as a small chocolate shop in Arrowtown has grown into five illustrious cafes around the Southern Lakes region. All highly regarded for their selection of handcraft chocolates, ice creams, desserts, coffees, and signature hot chocolate. Enjoy this flavoursome experience for yourself, or share the love with a hand-picked gift box.
Spend your morning or afternoon in the pristine waters of the Arrow River, panning for gold. A highly addictive and fun activity for all ages. Hire a gold pan from the Lakes District Museum and try your luck at finding some golden flakes or maybe even a small fortune.
So, there it is. The top ten experiences to try on your next Arrowtown adventure. Whatever you choose, we hope you leave enlightened, inspired and in love with this place we call home. Remember, if you’re still not sold on what to do, talk to us. Our team are always happy to help you make the most of your stay with us.