Arrowtown, a quaint and beautiful historic gold mining village, sits about 20 minutes from it’s much more famous big brother, Queenstown. On first glance at the town centre, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re looking at a Wild West film set. Arrowtown has largely preserved the historic (a relative term if you’re used to castles and ruins) “Born of Gold” look of the 1860s, when gold was first discovered on the Arrow River.
I lived in Queenstown for around 12 years, with a few of those years spent living in Arrowtown. For locals it can feel like a commuter suburb, but visitors find a very different (and refreshing) world compared to the slickness of Queenstown.