There aren’t many small towns more photogenic than Arrowtown in autumn. In fact as the leaves on the trees frame the historic streets, the Arrow River and tranquil Lake Hayes with dazzling yellow, red and amber, it starts to get hard to take a bad photo. Make sure there’s plenty of space on your memory card!
Photo: Arrow River, Timothy Shoultz
The cooler weather of autumn makes it the perfect time to bike the many trails around Arrowtown. Wheel along the purpose-built trail to the wineries at Gibbston. Take a spin along the river trail or around Lake Hayes. If you’re up to something more challenging, take a bike shuttle up to Coronet Peak and ride the single-track back to Arrowtown or head up the Arrow River to the goldmining ghost town of Macetown.Photo: Arrow River, courtesy DQ
Arrowtown is the hub of a network of hill-walking tracks. It doesn’t take long to get high and get to breathtaking views down into the Wakatipu Basin or across the mountains and valleys of Mahu Whenua. Bring your walking shoes and take your pick from a huge range of tracks from straightforward ambles to experts-only expeditions. These mountains are going to be covered in snow soon, so take the opportunity while you can!Photo: View of Arrowtown Hills
Autumn’s the perfect time to sneak in a bit of golf before the winter chill sets in. Arrowtown’s golf courses rate among the best in New Zealand – all three made the top 10 in New Zealand Golf magazine’s 2019 rankings. Which course will you choose? Exclusive The Hills, home of the New Zealand Open? Gorgeous Millbrook with its 27 holes and attached resort? Or Arrowtown Golf Club with its spectacular views and welcoming club vibe?Photo: Arrowtown Golf Course: Lois McArtney
Autumn Festival is a highlight of the year for Arrowtown, a time when we welcome in visitors to find out what we’re about. It’s a six-day celebration of all the things that make Arrowtown special – history, nature, community, art, music and all-around fun. Although the Akarua Arrowtown Autumn Festival has been postponed due to the COVID-10 pandemic, it will go ahead again in 2021 sometime in April. . Go to a show, take a guided walk, come to the parade and market day, watch the gold-panning championships, take part in a fun run or a trapeze workshop. The options are endless, and many are free.Photo: Arrowtown Autumn Festival Parade, APBA
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