Arrowtown has just one option for public transport around the basin: the Orbus scheduled service. There are also several taxi companies and Uber started operations here in 2018.
Otago Regional Council’s subsidised Orbus service will take you anywhere on their Queenstown bus network for a $2 fare. You can pop your bike on the front (maximum two bikes) and even enjoy free wifi.
To get the $2 fares you’ll need to tag on and tag off with a Bee Card. You can buy a Bee Card for $5 online, on the bus (cash only) or at the Orbus office in Terrace Junction. The minimum top up is $5, and you can top up in the same places.
The service can be used without a Bee Card by paying a cash fare of $4 per trip. It's the same price for adults and children 5 to 18 years, but SuperGold card holders and children under 5 are free.
The Arrowtown return route runs from Arrowtown Four Square to Arthurs Point, via Ramshaw Lane, Lake Hayes Road, Quail Rise, Frankton and Queenstown. The first bus leaves the Four Square at 5.55am and the last arrives back at 10.45pm. In between they operate every half hour during peak times and every hour off peak.
The Arrowtown stops are:
- Ramshaw Lane behind the museum
- Centennial Avenue by the holiday park
- Adamson Drive near the Four Square.
At Frankton you can switch buses on the same fare to get to the airport, Remarkables Park, Kelvin Heights, Lake Hayes Estate, Jacks Point and Fernhill.
To help plan your trip there’s an browser-based journey planner on the ORC website. For real-time bus movements plotted on a map go to Trackabus.