APBA represents Arrowtown’s businesses. It is responsible for the town’s promotion, and for this website.
The board of the Arrowtown Promotion and Business Association is elected annually by the Association’s members who are business ratepayers. Central to its work, is the belief that the well being of the town is dependent on the preservation of its historic heritage and its natural surrounds. APBA promotes Arrowtown’s tourism, and liaises with its major funder, the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
Media and business enquiries to: APBA Project Co-ordinator Sue Patterson. firstname.lastname@example.org 64 + (0)276 504 465
Arrowtown Random Fact No.1
The Chinese Settlement was established in 1867-8 and was in existence until the mid 1930’s. The site underwent an archaeological excavation in 1984.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.2
Arrowtown had four churches representing the early immigrant populations. Catholic, Presbyterian, Anglican and Methodist. All still operate today except for the Methodist Church.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.3
The discoverer of gold in the Arrow river was a shepherd named Jack Tewa or Maori Jack. He also won the Royal Humane medal for saving a man from drowning in Lake Wakatipu.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.4
They used to sell Morphine in the local drug store. That was back in the goldmining days of course!
Arrowtown Random Fact No.5
Arrowtown has one of the best preserved collection of goldfields heritage buildings in New Zealand.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.6
There has been a fire station on the current site since 1890. The hand drawn hose reel was used until the 1940’s.