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Arrowtown, Otago, New Zealand

How much does it cost to travel to Arrowtown?

You should plan to spend around $118 (NZ$193) per day on your vacation in Arrowtown. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $31 (NZ$51) on meals
  • $28 (NZ$46) on local transportation
  • $138 (NZ$226) on hotels

A one week trip to Arrowtown for two people costs, on average, $1,651 (NZ$2,696). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Arrowtown cost?

A one week trip to Arrowtown usually costs around $825 (NZ$1,348) for one person and $1,651 (NZ$2,696) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Arrowtown on average costs around $1,651 (NZ$2,696) for one person and $3,301 (NZ$5,393) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Arrowtown will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Arrowtown on average costs around $3,537 (NZ$5,778) for one person and $7,074 (NZ$11,556) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Arrowtown has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Arrowtown expensive to visit?

Prices in Arrowtown are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within the Pacific, which is known to be an expensive region, Arrowtown is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Darwin or Wollongong.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Arrowtown Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Arrowtown?

The average Arrowtown trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Arrowtown travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) NZ$226 ($138)
Local Transportation 1 NZ$46 ($28)
Food 2 NZ$51 ($31)
Entertainment 1 NZ$25 ($15)
Alcohol 2 NZ$11 - 33 ($7 - 20)
Accommodation Budget in Arrowtown
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Arrowtown is $69 (NZ$113). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Arrowtown is $138 (NZ$226). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Arrowtown

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Arrowtown based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $159. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Arrowtown
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Arrowtown is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $28 (NZ$46) per person, per day, on local transportation in Arrowtown.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Arrowtown
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Rental Cars in Arrowtown
The price of renting a car in Arrowtown will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in Arrowtown
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Arrowtown can vary, the average cost of food in Arrowtown is $31 (NZ$51) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Arrowtown should cost around $12 (NZ$20) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Arrowtown is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Arrowtown
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Arrowtown typically cost an average of $15 (NZ$25) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Arrowtown
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  • The average person spends about $14 (NZ$22) on alcoholic beverages in Arrowtown per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Arrowtown on a Budget
Arrowtown Arrowtown, New Zealand
Historically, Arrowtown is an old gold mining town that is located on the South Island of New Zealand. The town was established during the Otago gold rush of 1862. It is very close to Queenstown, which is a very popular destination among travelers, and it is definitely worth visiting if you are in the Otago region of New Zealand. It is a very tiny town, with a population of just over 2,000 people. The town has a lot of character and history and is a perfect place to go if you wish to get out of the touristy areas like Queenstown.
Arrowtown is a settlement that sits on the Arrow River, which is where early pioneers mined for gold back in the 1800's. This river is beautiful to walk along, have lunch next to, or admire from above. There is also a Chinese settlement on the river that was built back in 1868 by the Chinese miners. The shelters have since been restored and is a great place to see to give you an idea of what the town was like during the mining days.

There is a small museum in town, The Lakes District Museum, which is on Buckingham Street (the main street). This museum has exhibits portraying early Maori life, what the gold rush days were like, and some of the hardships the early pioneers faced.
Arrowtown is located off highway 6, about twenty kilometers from Queenstown. Queenstown is a very popular place to visit in New Zealand and has been called by some, the adventure capital of the world. Coronet Ski Field is also nearby Arrowtown, just seven kilometers west. Dunedin is a larger city southeast of Arrowtown, as well as Gore, which is known as the fly-fishing capital of New Zealand.

While visiting Arrowtown, you will most likely be engaging in outdoor activities. There are some great hiking trails in and around the town. Tobin's Track brings you up a large hill where you can look out onto the lush green landscapes of Arrowtown and its surroundings. Big Hill and Sawpit Gully are also great hikes. If you are a cyclist, Queenstown Cycle Tours offer a great day trip cycling event from Arrowtown to Queenstown (or vice versa). The best part about this tour is that you get to stop off at vineyards and taste the delicious wine of New Zealand! Another opportunity for cyclists is mountain biking in Macetown, which is an old mining village nearby with withering remains from the 1800's.

Although it is not likely to find any gold in the Arrow River, you can still have a go at gold panning on the river. You can buy or rent pans from the museum. Another popular activity on the river is fishing, there are places on the main street to rent fishing gear from.

April and May are great months to visit Arrowtown, as this is when the trees start to bloom and really bring the town to life with color. If you happen to be there the last week of April, there is a festival in town that celebrates the beauty of the changing of seasons.
Food and Dining
Although Arrowtown is a very small, there are quite a few diverse restaurants in the area to dine at. Agave is a Mexican restaurant in town that has tasty food. Mexican food is hard to come across in New Zealand, so if you are craving it then Arrowtown is definitely a great place to find it. Arrow Thai Food serves authentic Thai cuisine, with a BYO option. A lot of Asian restaurants in New Zealand offer the option to bring your own wine or beer to dinner and charge you only a corking fee of about $5. There is a French restaurant on the main street called Bonjour, it is a great place to sit and have lunch or dinner outside on the main street during the summer months. If you are looking for something more upscale, Postmasters is the place to go. For dessert, Patagonia Chocolates has an array of delicious chocolate and ice cream to choose from.

Arrowtown is about seven kilometers off highway 6, so it is very easy to reach if you plan on renting a car. There is a great company in New Zealand called Jucy and you can rent everything from small cars to camper vans through them at affordable costs.

There are buses that run from Queenstown to Arrowtown daily through a company called Connectabus. It is probably easiest to reach Arrowtown from Queenstown as not many buses run to Arrowtown from the other surrounding cities. Once in Arrowtown, you can easily get around on foot, as it is such a small town.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.