Photo: Big Hill Trail, Sian Swinney
Everyone has a spring in their step at this time of year! October and November are primo months for hiking. It’s not too hot and not too cold, trails are drying out after winter snow and long daylight hours make epic day trips possible. Make the most of the extensive network of trails that radiate from Arrowtown - everything from easy riverside strolls to serious alpine outings. And while you’re up there, keep an eye out for kārearea/New Zealand falcon and miromiro/tomtits and other native birds that are returning to our mountain landscapes.
Photo: Arrow River Bridges Trail, Rachel Abbot
Arrowtown is a hotspot for biking. You can ride almost entirely off road beside rivers and lakes to Lake Hayes and beyond to Queenstown, but perhaps you’ll be tempted to head the other way, to the famous wineries at Gibbston for lunch among the vines. You can hire a bike in Arrowtown, and there’s always the option of a pick-up if you feel like you can’t make it back after a couple of glasses of chilled rosé. Haven’t been on a bike in years, worried you’re not fit enough? Just hire an e-bike to get that extra push!
Photo: Running, Lake Hayes
Savouring a tasty lunch among spring flowers. Supping a pint of craft beer in the light of the setting sun. Sounds appealing? Take your pick from more than a dozen or so pubs, cafés, bars and restaurants with outdoor seating. Find some shade under a fruit tree or sun umbrella during the day or enjoy the cool of the evening at an outdoor restaurant or bar table. Or just take a picnic out to Lake Hayes or up to a viewpoint. The choice is yours!
Arrowtown is a unique shopping destination. There are no big chain stores here – nothing but independently owned boutique shops. If your wardrobe needs a refresh you’re in the right place - you’ll find big international brands as well as quirky local designers in our clothing stores. Need the perfect gift or souvenir? No problem. The perfect bedtime reading? We got you. A tasty treat? All here.
There’ll always be a few rainy days to enjoy in spring. Don’t panic! You can use the time to learn about Arrowtown’s gold-rush past in the museum, visit art galleries, go to the movies or truly indulge yourself with a spa day. Or just put on a rain jacket and enjoy the magic of the forests in the rain - you might just catch a rainbow.
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