One of the most picturesque settlements in New Zealand, Arrowtown sits alongside the gold-bearing Arrow River. Established in 1862 during the height of the Otago gold rush, the settlement grew quickly as pioneers constructed cottages, shops, hotels and churches, more than 60 of which can still be seen today. A special highlight is the Chinese settlement at the edge of the river. Built by Chinese miners from 1868, this area of restored shelters and buildings paints a picture of earlier times. It is a living historic settlement with many stories to tell. Wander the tree-lined streets of restored cottages and explore gold mining sites. In April and May Arrowtown ignites with colour as deciduous trees prepare for winter and a festival held in the last week of April celebrates the town's seasonal beauty and glittering history.
Combine two spectacular activities for a great day out in Queenstown - Golf and Wine. Queenstown has become a New Zealand mecca for golf with a number of premium golf courses, from the picturesque Arrowtown Golf Club, the stylish Millbrook Golf Resort, to the spectacular settings of Kelvin Heights and Jacks Point golf clubs and the exclusive The Hills. Remarkable Golf Tours and Appellation Central Wine Tours have come together to bring you an exclusive full day of golf and wine, offering a taste of this great golf destination.
Morning Golf - This morning you will be taken to Queenstown's premium Millbrook Golf Resort. You will be set up with quality Taylor Made golf clubs, golf cart, balls and green fees for 9 holes of golf. You will then be left to enjoy your golfing at your leisure. Time allowed - 2.5 hrs. If golf is not your thing, a spa treatment can be substituted for the golf.
Afternoon Boutique Wine Tour - Your afternoon is spent discovering some of Appellation Central's favourite boutique vineyards, tasting some of the region's fine wines and enjoying a gourmet platter style lunch in a vineyard. A maximum of 11 adults on this afternoon wine tour ensures a relaxed and personalised experience in wine country.
Arrowtown Bike Hire are renowned for providing quality mountain bikes and comfort bikes for your enjoyment. With a dedicated bike yard and plenty of room to test ride their bikes, you will be provided with a bike that fits you perfectly.
This popular self-guided tour starts in historic Arrowtown. Equipped with a quality bike and trail map, you will start this beautiful riverside ride under a canopy of spectacular Willow trees. Crossing purpose built suspension bridges you will ride through open farmland with stunning mountain views and pass over breathtaking canyons until you reach the historic Kawarau Bridge, home to AJ Hackett Bungy. A short ride then takes you to your final stop, Gibbston Valley Wines. Here you join a wine expert and sample some fabulous local wines. Transport is then provided for you and your bicycle back to Arrowtown.
A popular style of touring is to take a preplanned self drive road trip. After a thorough consultation with you we expertly plan and create your self drive tour around New Zealand. These tours allow you the freedom to explore at leisure with the comfort and security of pre-booked activities and accommodations. Route suggestions, APP guidance plus local support mean your New Zealand vacation is in safe hands. See self drive ideas here
If you prefer to let someone else do the work then an escorted small group tour might be for you. Our sister company at New Zealanbd Coach has a range of hand picked small group itineraries are ideal if you prefer to travel in the company of like minded people. Tours are limited to a certain number of participants which means different accommodation options, exclusive activities and of course a knowledgeable guide ensures you get to see the best of New Zealand. See small group tours here.
A private guided tour offers true flexibility and the security of a knowledgeable local guiding you all the way. Well planned itineraries ensure you see exactly what you want to see but with your own driver-guide you can adapt to suit the day or your preference. 100% tailor-made to suit you a private tour is a great option when travelling as a small group. All our self drive itineraries can be replanned and priced using a private driver and guide, so if it is what you fancy just contact us to discuss.
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