Welcome to Queenstown and Arrowtown
With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.
Family: there are hundreds of activities to choose from in Queenstown and a large amount of these are suitable for children of any age. Queenstown’s adventure activities can often also be enjoyed by children and families but generally there will be a minimum age, weight or height requirement to participate in the activity.
Only 20km from Queenstown, Arrowtown was born of the 1862 goldrush and is a step back in tmie with tree-lined streets, old miners' cottages and a main street reminscent of a 'Wild West' movie. The Arrow River, with the fascinating Chinese Settlement on its bank, was at one time worked by thousands of goldseekers who came from around the world in their quest for gold, good fortune and a better life. Arrowtown is a great destination for an inexpensive, chilled morning or afternoon with the kids. The Lakes District Museum is interactive and fun for all and they also hire out goldpans so you can try your luck in the nearby Arrow River. Meanwhile some of the region's best biking/walking tracks start here, with Around the Basin and Chargeabout offering bike rental as well as Queenstown Trail shuttle service. You're also just a short drive from the famous bungy bridge and Gibbston Valley – home to some of the region's best wineries and beautiful bike trails.
Glenorchy sits at the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by mountains, glacier-fed rivers and beech forest. It's the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park and the starting point for multi-day treks, including the famous Routeburn Walk. With only 300 locals and Mount Aspiring National Park on its doorstep, this really is a slice of paradise! The stunning 45km drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy offers breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu, hanging valleys and sheer mountains. Make sure you stop at Bennetts Bluff Lookout (on the left, 25km from Queenstown) for an amazing view of the head of the lake and excellent photo opportunity.