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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
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Full-Day Arrowtown and Wanaka Tour from Queenstown
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. 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.

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.

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.
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1 - 5 of 13 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great day out

This was my last full day in New Zealand before flying out and it was a great bookend to my journey. Kathy was a great driver, taking us to lots of secluded spots for some amazing views. Smooth and care free, this is what tours...More

Thank DJHall
RST-Queenstown, Owner at Remarkable Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Daniel I'm glad you enjoyed your day. Thanks for sharing your amazing photo's and your tips on taking great Pano's. Kathy

Reviewed 29 May 2018
Well worth it

My partner and I did this trip and are so glad we did Our Driver/Guide was e xcellent and most helpful A tour in a mini van, so you got to know the others The beer at Cadrona was most welcome :) Well worth doing...More

Thank wouldntit
RST-Queenstown, Owner at Remarkable Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for sharing! We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us.

Reviewed 6 May 2018
A trip not to be missed

My guide for this very enjoyable trip was Wayne. He provided a very knowledgeable commentary the whole day showing us the best places to get photos, what activities to do at each stop, telling us little tip bits of interest as we went around. I...More

Thank robertT611BO
RST-Queenstown, Owner at Remarkable Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Thanks for the review Robert, its always nice to get good feed back from our friends from the north. Cheers Wayne

Reviewed 21 April 2018
A terrific day

I really enjoyed our day exploring Wanaka and Arrowtown. We had a nice group of people on the tour, the weather cooperated and Wayne is a really engaging and fun guide. It was nice having someone take us to the best spots for photos and...More

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

Thanks for the great feedback Courtney, I am happy you liked your time in Queenstown

Reviewed 14 April 2018
A highlight of my Queenstown visit!

My sister and I recently did the full day Wanaka and Arrowtown tour. Kathy was our guide for the day and what an absolutely fantastic time she made it for us. From changing the route to accommodate us visiting the freshly fallen snow in the...More

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

Thanks girls I'm glad you enjoyed your day out with me. We were lucky to have some fresh snow that morning and glad we changed things around to see it. Glad you enjoyed the morning tea at the Hotel. Kathy

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