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Full-Day Arrowtown and Wanaka Tour from Queenstown

  • Tour of Arrowtown and Wanaka from Queenstown
  • Explore the 19th-century gold-mining town of Arrowtown with your guide
  • Discover natural sites of interest including the Gibbston Valley and Kawarau Gorge
Full-Day Arrowtown and Wanaka Tour from Queenstown
From US$161.16
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Full-Day Arrowtown and Wanaka Tour from Queenstown
From US$161.16
Tucked in beneath the soaring peaks and serene lakes of New Zealand’s South Island, Arrowtown and Wanaka offer outdoor adventure with a strong sense of history. On this tour, hit both destinations in one day and enjoy a drink in the famous Cardrona Hotel. Spin into the Gibbston Valley with your guide and stroll through the 19th-century gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown. Pass the fertile vineyards of Kawarau Gorge, admire spectacular views along the Crown Range road, and enjoy free time to explore Wanaka at your leisure.
What to Expect
Your full-day tour will begin with a pickup from your centrally located Queenstown hotel.

First  photo stop is for views of the home of bungy jumping and location from the Lord of the Rings

Travel deeper into the Gibbston Valley and along the Kawarau Gorge, you'll gaze upon vineyard after vineyard; in a rugged setting that has lent itself to the production of award-winning pinot noirs.

Arrive into Cromwell and reveal the secrets that lay beneath the man-made lake and the Clyde Dam beyond it and we'll treat you to a classic morning tea - a hot drink and a slice.

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.

Nest stop 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.

As you head back towards Arrowtown, 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 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.
Reviews (33)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Unique Tour with Beautiful Sights

This tour was amazing and my favorite part of our trip! We got to see so many different places and stopped at so many different scenic views and photo opps that we otherwise wouldn’t have known existed. Morning tea was included, along with a drink...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank gina_burgess
RST-Queenstown, Owner at Remarkable Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the review Gina, such nice feedback from a very well traveled guest. Regards Wayne

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoyed this tour! Not only did Wayne took us to beautiful spots, he also gave commentaries about the places. He also provided points that helped me get a nice picture of the famous tree and the nice backdrop! Thanks Wayne! A major plus is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Shali43
RSTQUEENSTOWNNZ, Owner at Remarkable Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the review, happy you to help with your photos.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great trip while in Queenstown!

This is a great way to spend a day while in Queenstown! Our tour group was small (only 6 people), which made it much more personal and enjoyable. Wayne, our tour guide, was awesome! He was very knowledgeable, but also very friendly. He made stops...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sjkabadi
Reviewed 5 weeks ago
A wonderful all day tour

Wayne was our driver/guide who chatted of interesting facts about the areas we traversed through on this beautiful sunshine day. Also having plenty of photo stops to record the beauty of each countryside vista . There were only 4 of us on this tour so...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jenn F
RSTQUEENSTOWNNZ, Owner at Remarkable Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Jenn thanks for review, its always fun in a small group.

Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile
Full day Arrowtown and Wanaka

Wayne was knowledgeable, fun and a great driver. His lunch recommendation for lunch in Wanaka was fantastic! Small friendly group made the day even more enjoyable. Couldn’t recommend this trip more!

Thank kjt378
RST-Queenstown, Owner at Remarkable Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2018

Glad you enjoyed the full day tour and lunch in Wanaka. Safe travells. Wayne

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11 April 2018|
Response from Courtney N | Reviewed this property |
For the full day trip, we left at about 9am and returned at about 4:30 pm.