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Haast Pass to Wanaka & Queenstown: West Coast Road trip


Arrowtown @Stephen Jaquiery Arrowtown @Stephen Jaquiery

From Wanaka the road leads to Arrowtown

Arrowtown is a postcard tourist town neatly wrapped as a preserved nineteenth gold mining settlement. The town has a glorious main street characterised by cheerful timber facades. The adjacent Arrow river flows through the dappled light of deciduous trees and coupled with a layer of polished urban hospitality visitors flock in their thousands to soak in the atmosphere. Arrowtown is definitely quaint and despite the crowds of tourists is definitely worth time spent exploring. The town is not a replica gold mining town but the real deal.



Arrowtown @Sunshine Coast Daily

Effectively you are visiting an open air museum, complete with contemporary cultural attractions such as art galleries, gift shops and souvenirs. And perhaps I did not mention the landscape is lucious framing the place all year round making for instagram moments around every corner.

Undeniably Arrowtown is a tourist attraction, yet it manages to retain a charm making it one of the destinations New Zealanders and other visitors should visit. This small quaint town with its visible heritage, boutique shops, cafes aplenty and delicious temptations, think retail therapy here, is captivating.

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