Northeast of Queenstown and north of Arrowtown, the Macetown 4WD Road is a scenic 15km route up a narrow canyon to the old Macetown Historic Site. This old miner wagon trail crosses the Arrow River about 20 times. Due to bugs and water level, it is recommended to only attempt if it is really hot and dry.

To reach the OHV trailhead from Queenstown, head north on Shotover Street. Turn left on Gorge Road (which becomes Arthur Point Road and then Malaghan Road) for 17.6km. Turn left on Berkshire Street for 0.5km. Turn left on Buckingham Street for 0.1km. Turn right down into parking area signed for Chinesse Village.

The start of the Macetown 4WD Road is not signed and is not immediately obvious. As you are coming down the road to the parking area, the 4WD road is slightly to the right heading towards a creek crossing on the way to the main Arrow River.

Macetown 4WD Road, Arrowtown (NZ)

Macetown 4WD Road, Arrowtown (NZ)

Macetown 4WD Road, Arrowtown (NZ)

Macetown 4WD Road, Arrowtown (NZ)


Local Contact(s):  Nomad Safaris 4WD 64-3-442-6699

Recommended Book:  "Rough Guide To New Zealand" from

Recommended Map:  "New Zealand Adventure Map" from National Geographic

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Settlers Motel, Arrowtown

Luxury Loding:  None

Breakfast Restaurant:  Arrowtown Bakery

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Date Updated:  7/27/2016


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