Set in the historic village of Arrowtown, New Zealand, we offer a fascinating insight into the history of New Zealand's Southern Lakes District. As well as unique displays in the museum and special exhibitions gallery, we offer options for tour, education, and conference and incentive groups.
The museum provides information on accommodation and is a booking agent for visitor attractions in Queenstown and Arrowtown. Our retail area has a wide selection of interesting books, maps, art prints and souvenirs. The archives and research facility is popular with family historians and other researchers.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.1
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.2
Arrowtown is one of the fastest growing towns in New Zealand:
Arrowtown Random Fact No.3
Arrowtown has one of the best preserved collection of goldfields heritage buildings in New Zealand.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.4
Australia’s first saint, Sister Mary MacKillop visited Arrowtown in 1897 and set up a Catholic School. Part of this school can still be visited today.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.5
There has been a fire station on the current site since 1890. The hand drawn hose reel was used until the 1940’s.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.6
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.