Arrowtown, just a twenty minute drive from Queenstown, New Zealand was the epicentre of the Otago Gold rush in the 19th century. Amongst time spent mining for gold, the early Arrowtown settlers also devoted time to planting many hundreds of European deciduous trees. During autumn those trees cast hues of amazing red and gold all through the streets and mountains of Arrowtown. 35 years ago someone decided that a sight this beautiful deserves a party so the Arrowtown Autumn Festival was born and to this day still attracts people from all over the region in droves. For more information on the festival go to

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