Arrow River, Queenstown

4.6
#7 of 30 in Nature in Otago Region
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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Short and swift, Arrow River played a key role in the Central Otago gold rush of the 1860s. Today, visitors may know the river better as a location in Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" film trilogy. Try your hand at panning for gold at Arrowtown, a historical gold-mining town on the river's banks, or take in the serene landscape along the riverside hiking and biking trail. Thrill seekers will enjoy the 4x4 tours and jet boat rides. Plan your Arrow River visit and explore what else you can see and do in Queenstown using our Queenstown trip planning app.
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  • Surrounded by the autumn leaves this clear running water was a delight to be around- there was even a guy fully submerged with a snorkel looking for gold. 
    Surrounded by the autumn leaves this clear running water was a delight to be around- there was even a guy fully submerged with a snorkel looking for gold.  more »
  • Beautiful little township and a must visit on your trip. A number of walks to do nearby for either the easy or hardened walker. Some beautiful eateries to cater for everyone and generally a lovely....  more
    Beautiful little township and a must visit on your trip. A number of walks to do nearby for either the easy or hardened walker. Some beautiful eateries to cater for everyone and generally a lovely....  more »
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  • Could spend hours here skipping rocks and swimming. Bring mosquito repellent. Plus, Arrowtown is near by so you can visit there as well.
  • Beautiful quiet clean and dog friendly region... We trail run frequently along this river... just Brilliant

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