Tour Arrowtown, the Chinese village and Lake Hayes leaving from Queenstown twice daily for only $49.
Your personal tour guide will help you uncover Arrowtown’s intriguing history.
Photo stop at Lake Hayes (the ‘mirror’ lake)
Commentary, stories and local charm
Free time to shop, sample cuisine and explore
Great discounts for Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery!
Includes pick-up an drop-off from most Queenstown accommodation
Days of Old & Gold
Tour historic Arrowtown; a site swarmed firstly by European gold prospectors in the 1860's, then by 5,000 Chinese who were invited to try their luck among the leftovers! You'll walk among the tiny restored cottages of their settlement and wander down the main street of this exquisite little town with its charming historic buildings that will make you feel like you walked onto a movie set.
Leave Queenstown and take a scenic drive to our first stop Lake Hayes (the mirror lake) for views of the water and surrounding mountains. Procced to Arrowtown were your tour will include an informative drive past the Chinese Village, the old Gaol, Saint Mary Mackillop's convent and the lookout whilst pointing out the best photo locations not to be missed. Once in the Main Street of Arrowtown, where everything is within walking distance you will have free time. After you free time we will take you on another scenic drive pass Coronet Peak ski field, stunning Dalefield farms, the Shotover river and the world class resort of Millbrook. At the end of your tour you will head back to Queenstown ready to share your photos with friends around the world.
Start 9.30am - Finish 12.30pm (tour time 3.00 hours)
Start 1.00pm - Finish 4.00pm (tour time 3.00 hours)
The Arrowtown Tour operates daily at 9.30am & 1.00pm
Capacity: 2 -11 passengers. Larger groups: We can cater for 14-17 passengers travelling in two vehicles, but we require 3 days’ notice for these. Please call us even if this is not possible as we will see if we can make it work
We provide pick up and drop off for selected Queenstown accommodation providers
Please note: A minimum of 2 passengers is required for the tour to go ahead
Pick up time Queenstown accommodation - 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time
Pick up time The Station building from 10 minutes prior to scheduled departure time
To Bring: Camera, warm clothes, raincoat, sunscreen and hat
Check out some of the reviews for the Arrowtown Tour on TripAdvisor
Would highly recommend this tour company, we just did the $49, 2.5 hour trip to Arrowtown, very friendly the van was spotless and very comfortable enough room to stand. This company can also organise private tours. Kathy was very prompt and had loads of local info to share with the group. Nothing was to much of a problem
Thanks again Kathy
Loved this couple of hours. Wonderful way to spend an afternoon before a flight home. Kathy gave an enjoyable commentary throughout and happily accommodated us by collecting and dropping us off at the hotel which was 15 minutes out of town.
Really worth the small your cost. Thanks again.
Our day started off on time. Greeted by Cathy we were promptly on our way toward Arrowtown to enjoy the sights on a beautiful morning. Our guide had a great passion for the environment and an extensive history of the area. Any questions you may have are of no problem and are answered honestly. Plenty of photo opportunities along the way. The trip duration is sufficient time and you are taken around the town first to learn a bit about the town and what it has to offer before you have the opportunity to enjoy the area yourself. Enjoyed a little morning tea and visited some fantastic novelty shops unique to Arrowtown. The Chinese village is a must see and gives you an insight to the history of gold panning and the raw truth about the people who resided here during the 1800s. The tour offers an 11 seater vehicle and is perfect for those wanting something more personal. I would recommend this company for those wanting a seamless visit to Arrowtown without the hassles of waiting for buses etc and people visiting briefly wanting to fit more in their day. Our driver on the way back was equally as informative . Shared a lot of laughs with these guides and would definitely hope others do too. The morning we went was incredible. It snowed the evening before and we were left with a Winter Wonderland. Awesome I can imagine any season of the year. A must do. Thank you for this experience. I wish we had heard of this company earlier to take advantage of the full day tour to Cardona Hotel and Wanaka. Perhaps in the future. All the best.