Although this town may be small, its spirit and heritage are mighty. No luxury holiday in Otago is complete without a stay in Arrowtown. Famous for its gold rush history and modern day boutique stores, Arrowtown beautifully blends the past and present for an unforgettable experience.
Dining experiences are plentiful here in Arrowtown, making for a foodie heaven. From hidden bars to large outdoor dining spaces, classic Kiwi cuisine to authentic Thai dishes – where will you try first?
We have selected just a few of our many favourites to get you started.
Relax in the sun-kissed garden, akin to an elegant garden party, or head indoors for a more intimate atmosphere. Mora – meaning to linger, or take pause – is a relaxed luxury dining experience certain to get your tastebuds tingling. This popular cellar door & restaurant precedes its reputation.
Fill your evening with authentic Spanish tapas and crisp cocktails in this charming eatery on the main street of Arrowtown. Its lively atmosphere draws you in and the great service ensures you return. Connecting with friends has never been so easy, forego the frills of silver service and enjoy a night of low key elegance.
Home to Italian dishes that are lovingly made with premium ingredients & perfect pairings of local wines. Aosta is a staple of the must do dining in Arrowtown. Traditional taste combines with contemporary design to make for a memorable night all round.
There are plenty of trails to explore in Arrowtown and its surrounding areas, linking through to Macetown and Queenstown. Whether you fancy tackling a big peak, or strolling by the river, you won’t be short on options.
For a leisurely walk, head on out to Lake Hayes Walkway. This loop track is family friendly, crossing boardwalks through the wetlands and gravel path the rest of the way. The stillness of the lake produces breathtaking mirror like reflections, that you’ll struggle to peel your eyes away from.
If you’re looking to get your heart rate pumping a little, Sawpit Gully Track is for you. This is a moderate walking trail on an 8km loop. Starting from the Chinese Settlement carpark, this track provides a variety of scenery and gradient. Some steep areas and stream crossings benefit from sturdy walking shoes – but this is all part of the fun, hopping along the stones in the water. Views from the saddle reach out over the Wakitipu basin, giving you a wonderful vantage point.
Insider Tip: Approaching the trail in a clockwise fashion makes for an easier ascent but a steeper scramble on the way down.
Well-known local artist with private collections worldwide, Jenny Mehrtens showcases a selection of statement pieces here at her Arrowtown gallery. With a penchant for gold leaf and oak, her striking works of art are a visual treat.
Set your eyes upon some of New Zealand’s finest contemporary art at the Nadene Milne Gallery. With pieces from celebrated artists such as Judy Millar, Max Gimblett & Tony de Lautour along with talks from senior curators and artists, this is a creative corner worth visiting.
Little Hut Gallery with wire weaved baskets or Fiona Garlicks sculpting studio housing her renowned bronze statues are just some of the other galleries that comprise the healthy gallery collection waiting for you to immerse yourself in.
After a busy day exploring, head on over to Dorothy Browns Boutique cinema. Catch classics such as Charlie Chaplin in the boutique gin bar, or head into one of the cosy screens and grab yourself a seat on the couch. With showings of both new releases and popular favourites, there is something for everyone.
To fully enjoy this unique experience, ask the host about wine and cheese platter options.
The streets of Arrowtown are scattered with boutique stores featuring designer items and quirky local pieces. Head to stores such as Bunnies Clothing, Angel Divine, Francis Patterson & Seletti Concept for really special finds.
From clothing and beauty, to homeware and gifts, your suitcases will be overflowing on the way home!
Located just a stone’s throw away from the famous Gibbston Valley wine region, a stay in Arrowtown is not complete without a wine tasting tour. With plenty of wineries to choose from, there is a tipple for every tongue.
Your driver guide will do all of the planning, making for a seamless experience of fine wine tasting.
Sit back, relax and enjoy!
Thanks to its endearing design and intoxicating atmosphere, Arrowtown captures the hearts of those who holiday there. Should you wish to experience this for yourself, we have a wonderful selection of luxury holiday homes to choose from, offering you a relaxing sanctuary after a busy day exploring Arrowtown and its surrounds.
Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedroom | From 2250
Beautifully spacious with plenty to offer, this home is a real treat. Tune into the sound system & pop a pizza in the outdoor oven, sip mimosas by the pool or challenge the family to a game of pool. Sporting a collection of statement artwork and lots of premium features, this luxury villa is not one to be missed!
Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedroom | From $2000
Light and airy, with easy walking access to Arrowtown’s main street, this home offers both luxury and location. Watch the sun go down over the mountainous landscape or chill out in the sauna, this property provides a relaxing sanctuary to return to after an adventure filled day.
Sleeps 14 | 7 Bedroom | From $2290
Just 5 minutes’ drive to Arrowtown, this homely property oozes rustic character and comfort. Set on 11.5 acres of land, with bubbling streams, cosy open fireplaces, tennis court and swimming pool – this is a paradise within itself.
Sleep 8 | 4 Bedroom | From $900
Situated on a peaceful 5 star resort with golf course, spa pools, swimming pool and more – there is plenty to do even before you explore Arrowtown. Each individually designed home offers a wonderful outdoor area for you to soak up the landscape around you.