We lived in the North of New Zealand with its lovely beaches, and then in Australia. We’ve travelled a lot, but this is the place we’ve eventually chosen.
I feel strongly about Arrowtown – about the little town itself, and about its beautiful surrounds.
It is terribly important that we are good custodians of Arrowtown, and don’t let it be overwhelmed by growth.
Sir Michael Hill
Drawing credit: Sir Michael Hill
The trees in Arrowtown’s beautiful avenues are Sycamore, Ash, Oak, Elm, and Rowan. The first avenue was planted in 1867.
The Maori name for the river is Haihainui which means ‘Big Scratches’.
Arrowtown was originally known as Fox’s. named after William Fox an early gold discoverer. Then it was known as The Arrow and later Arrowtown.
Arrowtown has one of the best preserved collection of goldfields heritage buildings in New Zealand.
The first jail in Arrowtown was simply a log. You were chained up to it. The later stone jail still exists and is in Cardigan Street. It is New Zealand’s 4th oldest jail.
There are two theories as to why the town is named Arrowtown. One is that the river behind the town flows swiftly like an arrow.
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