In autumn Arrowtown truly comes into its own, as the leaves on the trees turn dazzling gold, red and brown before dropping to the ground in preparation for winter. Over the course of a few weeks in April the forested hill faces that overlook this tiny gold-rush town transform into a richly coloured backdrop and the always photogenic Arrowtown becomes breathtakingly beautiful.
Our favourite part of our favourite season is a community celebration that draws thousands to town over the course of five days. 2024 will be the 38th time we've held the Arrowtown Autumn Festival and it will run from the 25 to 28 April. There's something for everyone, from the annual art and photography competitions to Pie, Pint & Pinot, an extremely congenial way to enjoy handmade pies, craft beer and local wine.
The locals' and visitors favourite alike is the ASB Market Day and community on Saturday 27th April. The day includes multiple stages with various talented musicians and performers, street entertainment, vintage car display and over 120 market stalls selling New Zealand made products, all of which creates a welcoming and festive atmosphere.
There’s just so much going on: workshops for the kids, an outdoor movie, fun dog show, the infamous quiz night, country music concert and of course the local Arrow Miners Band along with the Buckingham Belles and Mini Belles. Watch the experts compete in the New Zealand Gold Panning Championships and join in with the duck race down the Arrow River. Learn about the history of our beautiful town from the locals during the historical walks on offer.
The Arrowtown Autumn Festival, brought to you by Mora Wines & Artisan Kitchen is an iconic New Zealand event with something for every age and interest. Most of the events on the program are free, while others are ticketed.
For more information check out the festival website.
Whether or not you can make it to the festival itself, make sure you don't miss autumn in Arrowtown. It's the perfect time to visit New Zealand’s Most Beautiful Small Town!
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