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.
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.