Arrowtown is a small, former gold-mining town, situated in Otago region, in the South Island, New Zealand. It is only 20 min drive from Queenstown (connected through Shotover Gorge) and lies on the banks of Arrow River, one of the richest sources of gold in the 1860's.
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Backpacking / Trekking in Greenstone-Caples Track, Glenorchy, Otago New Zealand
It is located at 44 km/27 mi from Queenstown (a breathtaking, scenic drive) and consists the gateway to Fiordland and Mount Aspiring National Parks. Glenorchy and the surrounding area was the setting for the legendary films Lord of the Rings and X-Men Origins.
The Greenstone-Caples Track is a 4-5 day circuit track (average 6-8 h walking per day) in the Fiordland National Park (World Heritage Area). It crosses Greenstone and Caples Valleys and offers a varied and magnificent scenery.
Grasp the unique opportunity to pass by rivers and lakes, cross ancient forests, enjoy the truly breathtaking view of mountains and experience the wild nature of the National Park. If you wish to complete the track, you should allow 4-5 days depending on fitness level.
Note: Camping is allowed except for the farmlands and areas between Upper Caples Hut and Lake McKellar. For hut and accommodation information check with the official DOC website. Bookings are essential.