About Arrowtown

Historic Arrowtown is famous for its scenic beauty, beautifully preserved heritage buildings and historic sites. It draws visitors from throughout New Zealand and around the world, attracted to its old-world charm.

Arrowtown was a boom town during the Otago gold rush days and many original miners’ cottages still remain in the township, along with remnants of the separate Chinese miners’ camp

The famous avenue of English trees was planted in the 1860s and contributes to Arrowtown’s beauty, providing stunning displays in autumn and spring and a green canopy in summer.

The shopping area has a wide choice of cafes and restaurants, fashionable boutiques and stores selling works by New Zealand artists and craftspeople

Arrowtown has a range of activities all close to the village centre and Settlers Cottage Motel, including scenic and historic walks, several golf courses, gold panning, swimming areas, lawn bowls, 4WD excursions, art galleries, and the Lakes District Museum.


Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand, is a 20 minutes drive from Settlers Cottage Motel.

Skiing and snowboarding are a big draw card in Queenstown, with 3 world-class ski-fields, Cadrona, Coronet Peak, and The Remakables, catering to skiers and boarders of all levels, from beginners to experienced, and extreme skiers.

For the active Queenstown also has bungy jumping, jet boating, walking and biking tracks, fishing, and much more.

For those after a more relaxed holiday there are wine tours, bird watching sites, great shopping and a wealth of family entertainment, restaurants and cafes.

Central Otago

Central Otago is one of the most beautiful areas on New Zealand, and the Settlers Cottage Motel is a great place to base yourself while you explore this scenic area.

Snow-topped mountains, clear blue rivers, tussock-clad hills make Central Otago a timeless landscape. Visitors can drive through the scenery, bike along the Central Otago Rail Trail or explore the area on the numerous walking tracks.

Central Otago is also perfect wine growing country and produces world class wines, particularly pinot noir. Many of the vineyards have restaurants and wine tastings.