Going back in time in Arrowtown, New Zealand

Stepping out of the hire I look around and think I’m in some sort of western town, shops and miners cottages all styled from many years ago. This is Arrowtown, New Zealand.

Arrowtown, Gold Rush town of New Zealand

Arrowtown, Gold Rush town of New Zealand

Arrowtown is a small gold rush village that sits amongst stunning mountains, near Lake Hayes – just 20 minutes from Queenstown.

Lake Hayes

Lake Hayes

First stop in Arrowtown was a visit to the local museum where they are full of helpful tips about local hikes. I opted to brave the weather and head up ‘Tobin’s Track’ for a view over Arrowtown, plus it’s my nephew’s name, I couldn’t not go up. It was a long way up. So I went 3/4 of the way up for a decent view, turned around to see the very top and gave up.

Hiking up Tobin's Track, Arrowtown

Hiking up Tobin’s Track, Arrowtown

View over Arrowtown from Tobin's Track

View over Arrowtown from Tobin’s Track

View over Arrowtown from Tobin's Track

View over Arrowtown from Tobin’s Track

My hikes didn’t end there though. I decided to take the ‘Loop Track’ – the long way back to town along the river, with music of birds and sound of rushing water to keep me company.

It really was a stunning area to enjoy nature at its best.

Flowers on Tobin's Track

Flowers on Tobin’s Track

The lovely quaint town filled up with tourists come lunchtime, so I decided to stop by the Arrowtown Bakery for a decent Kiwi pie, custard square and chocolate milk. I was starving and this was pre-diet so I enjoyed every bit of it!

Arrowtown shops

Arrowtown shops

Arrowtown shops

Arrowtown shops

This was just another layer of my trip to Queenstown, showing me how amazing the South Island really is with the beautiful town of Queenstown, the stunning Milford Sound and now the historic gold rush town of Arrowtown. That’s not the end of it though! I also visited Glenorchy, where scenes of Lord of the Rings were filmed (as well as Arrowtown’s surrounding areas) and the beautiful Wanaka. Stay tuned!

For more information about Arrowtown, visit the local tourist site: http://www.arrowtown.com/.

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