Akarua Arrowtown Autumn Festival


Thu 22nd - Mon 26 Apr 2021

Events are held throughout Arrowtown

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Ticketing: Public

Parking site

901 Malaghans Road
New Zealand

Now entering its 36th year, the festival attracts large numbers of locals and visitors to our beautiful town during one of the most colourful times of year.

We hold a number of events suited to people of all ages with a focus on community. We are all about involving people in a variety of ways and helping them come together to create and enjoy a festival full of good old fashioned fun! Our iconic events include the Art Exhibition at the Lakes District Museum, the Parade and Market day, the Pie, Pint and Pinot, the Gold Panning Championships and the Fun Dog Show.

With plenty to do for everyone, there's always something on!

Check out the full range of events and activities on offer by clicking here

Events offered at the festival include a range of activities including, gold coin entry, completely free of charge activities, family friendly, adults only and events that run all week long.

A stroll down memory lane...

In February 1985 the Queenstown Promotion Bureau planned an Arrowtown Autumn Festival to help promote Arrowtown. The Bureau chief, David Bradford said it would become an annual festival that would have a number of low key events that would be in keeping with the historical image of the town. The first festival opened on April 20 and was a huge success with all the events getting capacity audiences. This set the scene for the following 30 festivals. I don’t think anyone ever expected it would go for this long, but it continues to be enjoyed by a new generation.

Certified Self Contained Motorcaravan Parking

We're once again incredibly fortunate to be able to park at Malaghans Road!

Arrive from Thursday April 22nd from 1pm and depart on the morning/early afternoon of Sunday April 25th, 2021. Parking will be available at 901 Malaghans Road, the property of Ian Macauley.

  • $15.00 per van for the entire weekend stay. 
  • Available Thursday April 22nd 1.00pm to Sunday April 25th, afternoon.
  • BUS (open top): there will be a bus to the festival throughout Saturday. The bus company will come to the parking area on Friday to guage numbers so please make sure to let them know if you need a ride into town.

No bookings necessary, cash payment on arrival.