Tucked away in the hills, Arrowtown is a charming historic village that deserves at least half a day of your time. The town is steeped in stories of riches and rough living, because it was established in heady days of the Otago gold rush. Wander the pretty streets of historic homes, which are shaded by huge sycamore, ash, oak, elm and rowan trees. In autumn, the colours are spectacular.
Arrowtown has more than 30 excellent eateries, so time your visit accordingly. From Thai and Indian to gourmet burger joints and gastro pubs, there's something for every appetite here. Before you depart this charming village, visit the Lakes District Museum - it's an award-winner that will open your eyes to the hard lives of the early settlers.
The lake was carved by glaciers 15,000 years ago and has a mysterious fall and rise, explained by Maori legend as the beating of a giant's heart.