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Historic Arrowtown

What a pretty place to drive to from Queenstown!  A former goldmining town, it is rich in history and atmosphere... We hadn't been there for about 20 years, so were delighted to discover that while it was a little busier than we remembered, it still had all of its charm and recent developments have only enhanced the town.  

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With the pretty mountains in the background, the mainstreet is the perfect place for a stroll and the many cafes and shops are definitely worth a visit. 

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The Lakes District Museum and Chinese Village are all worth a look while you are there, and will give you a greater appreciation of the town's gold mining heritage.  

Lakes District Museum

Founded in 1862, Arrowtown has an interesting story to tell and these two attractions help you get a feel for how things must have been during the heyday of the gold mining era.

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Original rustic buildings are beautifully presented, giving Arrowtown a very welcoming feel. And the drive from Queenstown (only about 20 mins) is easy and scenic.  Our rental car, a Subaru Forester SUV from Omega's Queenstown Airport depot, was very comfortable for the four of us and ensured we were well prepared had there been ice on the roads.  

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After a bite of lunch we were off to our next stop - the Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell, more on that soon!