Walking

Arrowtown is the best departure point for many renowned Queenstown walking trails. 

Arrowtown’s trails are famous – fifteen listed walks past mountains, rivers, forests, and lakes. Easy one hour strolls, and treks of several days in Lord of the Rings country. The Arrowtown trail network  is linked to the Mahu Whenua trails, created as part of the donation of land to the Queen Elizabeth II Trust. New tracks will provide for a range of recreation activities on Glencoe and Coronet Peak stations and will also link up with sections of the Te Araroa trail that passes through Motatapu and Mount Soho stations. 

Get your maps from the Museum. Fifteen listed walking trails to enjoy – here’s the pick of them

Arrowtown is renowned for its extensive range of historic and recreational walking tracks. A detailed map of the following tracks can be obtained from the Arrowtown Museum. (Many are also available to cyclists).

Arrow River Trail

Time: 50 mins return to bridge
Grade: Easy
Gear: Reasonable footwear recommended

Arrowtown Millennium Walk

Time: 1 hour
Grade: Easy
Gear: Comfortable shoes recommended

Arrowtown Time Walks

Come with us for a guided walking tour of historic and gorgeous Arrowtown. We will tell you about the fascinating characters that shaped this gold rush town - there is a story around every corner!

Big Hill Trail

Time: 5-6 hours return
Grade: Medium - High Fitness
Gear: Full hiking gear recommended

Bush Creek Trail

Time: 1 hour return
Grade: Easy
Gear: Reasonable footwear recommended

Hayes Creek Trail

Time: 2 hour loop
Grade: Medium Fitness
Gear: Comfortable shoes recommended

Lake Hayes Walkway

Time: 2 hour loop
Grade: Medium Fitness
Gear: Comfortable shoes recommended

Macetown 4WD Road

Time: 6 hours return
Grade: Medium - high fitness
Gear: Full hiking gear recommended

Manse Road Walkway

Time: 20 mins each way
Grade: Easy
Gear: Comfortable footwear recommended

McDonnell Trail

Time: 60+ mins one way
Grade: Easy
Gear: Comfortable shoes recommended

Motatapu Track

Time: Three days
Grade: Challenging
Gear: Full hiking, survival and overnight gear mandatory

New Chum Track

Time: 1 hr 30
Grade: Medium - high fitness
Gear: Good hiking shoes required

Sawpit Gully Trail

Time: 2-3 hour loop
Grade: Medium - High Fitness
Gear: Good hiking shoes recommended

Tobins Track

Time: 30 mins each way
Grade: Medium/Easy
Gear: Reasonable footwear required