Photo: Arrowtown Pharmacy - Rem Vis
Retailers are creating something special whether it’s new products for children, competitions, discount prices or lovely winter displays. Stay in by a cosy fire enjoying the great food on offer, support the local shops and explore the museum. Or wrap up warm to experience the river trails, small hill walks or the Chinese Village there’s plenty on offer.
Check out the sparkly Winter Wonderland display and new special products at Remarkable Sweets Shop or the icecreams and chocolates at Patagonia Chocolates. While hot pies from the Arrowtown Bakery are a yummy favourite to warm up on a cold day. The Cafés are family-friendly feel and restaurants cater for younger diners whether on a day trip to Arrowtown or enjoying the cosy Après Ski hospitality in some of the many restaurants.
Honey & Cocoa can create, taste and personalise your own local and unique gift hampers at New Zealand’s sweetest gift store.
Take advantage of the family pass at the Lakes District Museum and try out the kid’s activities – a “bird hunt” and “odd one out”, for a cheap indoor activity on a chilly day or hire a gold pan if you are hardy enough. Special Holidays hours - daily 10am to 4pm.
The river and Chinese Village are still popular on the coldest days … just wrap up and get a feel for the tough lives lived by early miners in the 1800s. It gets the children outside and enjoying the beautiful vistas. The trail to Gibbston is a good winter cycle ride.
The shopping is very good with quality hassle-free shopping and plenty of gifts and knick knacks.
The Arrowtown Pharmacy has specials on Antipodes and Trilogy, immune and cold products, a sales table with treats and good deals and even a children’s colouring competition.
Hawksburn High Country has a great selection of winter woollen accessories, just one of Arrowtown’s clothing shops known for quality.
21Buckingham has free NZ-made beanies with every Edmund Hillary jacket purchased during the school holidays.
The Golden Fleece offers spending rewards of a FREE pair of merino & possum socks (valued at $44) and a competition draw for a special quality Queen Throw.
The Jade and Opal Factory has been very busy with a new selection of book ends, sculptures and has some great specials.
Children can learn a new craft and pick up craft products from the Stitching Post including knitting and crochet.
Jenny Mehrtens Artist is open every day during the holidays and by appointment after hours. .
Off the Wall Gallery has some amazing specials among its selection of art and gifts.
The Lake District Museum’s “Art Union” exhibition shows recent work a by over 25 local artists and is well worth a visit.
Stop off in one of the Cafés and soak up the warm atmosphere with options from pies and hot drinks to burgers and fine dining. You'll find the perfect option for your family.
Photo: Arrow River - Lois McArtney
For those rugged up for winter the trails just two minutes from the town give a winter walk amongst the trees glittering with frost and the fresh rushing waters of the historic Arrow River. You can even hire a gold pan from the museum.
A walk up Tobin’s Track gives spectacular views of the awe-inspiring landscape and is a good way to burn up some school holiday energy.
The Chinese Village is a stark reminder of the severe winters experienced by the miners and is only 5 minutes’ walk from the main shopping.
Top Photo: Photo: Arrowtown from the Crown Range - Rem Vis
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