Queenstown to Arrowtown - the most scenic local route
Don't miss taking Ritchies Connectabus to Arrowtown, it's only a quick and very scenic bus ride away, return when you are ready.
Arrowtown is a must see when visiting the Queenstown region. This charming old gold mining town retains much of its original gold rush character. The discovery of gold in the Arrow River in 1862 attracted miners, by their thousands, from all over the world, a few made their fortunes, most were lucky to survive.
The main attractions of Arrowtown are the shops, cafes, museum and scenic walks. Of historical interest are the old buildings, museum, and Chinese Village walk. The town also has a vibrant contemporary aspect, with art galleries, great restaurants and bars and what is probably the greatest little movie theatre in New Zealand, Dorothy Browns.
You can easily spend a day just soaking up the atmosphere around here, a couple of stops away on the regular Ritchies Connectabus route is Amisfield Winery, where you can enjoy a world class lunch with some award winning wine, overlooking picturesque Lake Hayes.
The Ritchies Connectabus service between Arrowtown and Queenstown runs at regular intervals all day (7.35am to 9.35pm).
We recommend a Ritchies Connectabus Day Pass this allows you to get on and off the bus at your leisure, giving you a good chance to look around and enjoy this iconic area of New Zealand. A Ritchies Connectabus Day Pass is $33.00 for an adult and $17.00 for a child, this service operates from the centre of Queenstown.