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The discovery of gold in this river led to the settlement of thousands along its banks.
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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All reviews chinese settlement gold panning worth a visit lovely walk bike ride wings beautiful scenery sand flies few hours couple of hours sunny day south island new zealand arrowtown arrows track stroll
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Reviewed 1 week ago

About 45 minutes out of Queenstown to reach the concession HQ. Pickup wetsuit farmer john, dive booties, fleece long sleeve, blue rain jacket (for spray from jet boat), waterproof bag for things like camera and important stuff you don't want locked up in the communal...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank melsays
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were introduced to this area during the Nomad Safaris LOTR tour, when they took us for a spot of gold panning, and we found some. So, travelled back here the next day, hired a gold pan and spade at the museum and went up...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank GeoffreyMcGiraffe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here as part of one of the Lord of the Rings tours, and my kids really, really enjoyed the offroad trip through the river. The scenery is gorgeous, they loved the rushing water and all the pretty rocks, and we tried gold panning...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lisamarie1138
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

great place to take the kids for a swim or even a bike ride to be honest it has everything biking amazing scenery walking and hiking . gold planning

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Anna Catherine B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved the walk beside the river amongst the trees. Do it if you have some time in Arrowtown, this was the best part of Arrowtown. The walk takes about an hour and is really nice.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Traveller20175
Reviewed January 6, 2019

A shallow, fast river that meanders over a rocky bottom. Water is cool, clear, and winds through the bush. Probably would be more memorable with more water.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 15, 2018

Signage is not clear as to where is the real famous street of arrowtown begins, we were actually misguided by waze and went to the wrong area. There is also no clear sign to direct the visitors to the river, where the gold panning activites...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ChristopherTraveller
Reviewed November 26, 2018

Nice river/steam to skip stones and spend fun time with the family. Very cold water. Only drawback is sandflies.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Squibbly00
Reviewed November 7, 2018

We went here because it was recommended by a local hairdresser. We spent the day at this beautifully kept and located town. The historic aspect is well documented around the town but not over the top. It is nestled within the mountain range and the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank prwhurst
Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

The Arrow River is lovely, and you can wander down to it after looking around Arrowtown shops. Will need to go back and explore it further!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Your skin must be removed. Visit Dr Ramsay Bolton ASAP
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Response from CharlotteLee88 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a bus that runs between arrowtown and Queenstown there website is connectabus it has the timetables