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Half-Day Historical Arrowtown and Wanaka Tour from Queenstown

  • See the gold mining community of Arrowtown
  • Stop by the historic Cadrona Hotel for an included drink
  • Learn about New Zealand's gold rush
Half-Day Historical Arrowtown and Wanaka Tour from Queenstown
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Half-Day Historical Arrowtown and Wanaka Tour from Queenstown
Visit Arrowtown and Wanaka on a half-day tour from Queenstown that explores local history and one of New Zealand’s most exciting adventure destinations. You’ll have time to stroll Arrowtown’s charming main street, built during the town’s 19th-century gold rush, then enjoy an hour of free time to see Wanaka. Walk the gorgeous lake path with views of the Southern Alps, then return to Queenstown through the Crown Range, winding through towering peaks and high passes.
What to Expect
Your half-day tour will begin with a pickup from your centrally located Queenstown hotel. From here, you will be taken to the historic Arrowtown. The town was popular for gold mining in the 1860’s with gold prospectors traveling from both Europe and China to try their luck.

You'll walk among the tiny restored cottages of their settlement and wander down the main street of this exquisite little town with its charming historic buildings that will make you feel like you walked on to a movie set

Historically used by Maori as a pathway to greenstone sites and later by goldminers for accommodation close to Cardrona claims, today Wanaka has branded itself as a lifestyle reserve, surrounded by huge mountains and massive glaciers. You will be lead to the Reflection Tree, which grows within the lake. No matter what season it is, this tree will always make for great photos.

Then, have one hour of free time to wander Wanaka at your whim, maybe you'll look around the shops, sit and have an icecream by the lake, or go for a walk along the lake path; the choice is yours. This is also a good time to grab some lunch at a nice local café.

As you head back towards Queenstown, you will take the Crown Range home. As New Zealand's highest sealed road, the Crown Range is usually covered in snow in winter and boasts some incredible viewing platforms. You will step out and soak these up and grab a photo or three.

Before returning to the hotel, there is still one more famous stop to make. Built in 1863 to service gold prospectors, offering them accommodation, and a place to stop and seek refreshment, is Cardrona Hotel. It is one of New Zealand's oldest pubs, and possibly the most well-known. Pop in and explore, and we'll shout you a beer or soft drink to enjoy in the beer garden or by the fire.
Reviews (12)
1 - 5 of 7 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Learnt so much!

Had a great drive from Queenstown to Wanaka, thanks a lot to the knowledge of our local driver Wayne. We had around 13 stops which made great photos (he was also helpful in taking them for us!). Lake Wanaka was amazing and made for a...More

Thank Kurt C
RST-Queenstown, Owner at Remarkable Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Kurt thanks for the great review of our Arrowtown Wanaka full day tour and I am happy you got to enjoy all the extra stuff we recommend. That’s the best part about going out with a local as we know what’s good. Safe travels...More

Reviewed 23 July 2018
You could not do better!

My wife and i debated hiring a car and driving ourselves around the area but we are so glad that we decided to go with Remarkable Scenic Tours as we got to see so much more than we would ever have done on our own....More

Thank Safetykiwi
RST-Queenstown, Owner at Remarkable Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2018

Thanks for your great review Safetykiwi and loved your comments about my driving :)

Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile
My boring first snow experience....

Hahaha...... far from it. More like exhilarating! Wayne was one entertaining guide/driving encyclopedia who made sure to meet our expectations to the best that he could. Glad we took the tour with him. So now I’d say the remarkable reviews don’t lie.Thanks heaps! You made...More

Thank Arlene T
RST-Queenstown, Owner at Remarkable Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2018

Glad you enjoyed your snow play and adding your comments to our reviews. Wayne

Reviewed 2 May 2018
Beautiful scenic trip

Booked this through Viator, but was operated by Kathy at Remarkable Scenic Tours. Collected from our hotel and we we driven to Wanaka with some gorgeous photo stops on route. Plus a stop at Cardrona Hotel for a drink which was lovely. Kathy has a...More

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RST-Queenstown, Owner at Remarkable Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

I'm glad you enjoyed having lunch by Lake Wanaka and a drink at the Cardrona Hotel. Thanks Kathy

Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile
Most enjoyable day out so far

Kathy our guide was most welcoming at pick up and I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the commentary that she gave along the way and the recommendations for photo stops. Would have been icing on the cake if we stopped by the bridge at Shotover River...More

Thank Chinchiminie
RST-Queenstown, Owner at Remarkable Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Thanks I'm glad you had a great day out. Fancy seeing you a couple of more times before you left. Kathy

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Brenda C
18 June 2018|
Response from Chinchiminie | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I didn’t travel from Queenstown to Christchurch