Established in 1862 during the height of the Otago gold rush this picturesque settlement located on the gold bearing Arrow River is an easy twenty-minute drive from Queenstown and definitely worth the visit. Quaint historic buildings, a fantastic museum and remnants of a Chinese miner’s settlement mix well with modern cafes, wine bars and craft stores. Join a 4WD tour, try your hand at gold panning, get in a round of golf, or enjoy a leisurely cycle along the river – there is something for everyone in this living historic town. Every season delights; though April and May are a favourite with locals as the trees turn from green to gold and red and the resident population of 2,200 celebrate the changing of seasons at the Arrowtown Autumn Festival.