Located on Buckingham Street next to the museum, the Gold Nugget has a wide selection of arts, crafts, jewellery, and clothing to suit all tastes. The Gold Nugget has been a souvenir shop since 1952, and before that was a general store in the goldrush days.
We have original arts and crafts, many Maori-carved masks and tekos, pottery, fine wooden items, bone carvings, locally made handknits, and many other items ranging from snow globes and fridge magnets to excellent T-shirts, jackets, hats, and a renowned selection of soft toys.
You will be sure to find something to suit your taste and pocket. Call in and browse at your leisure; we look forward to meeting you.
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 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 Random Fact No.3
Arrowtown has one of the best preserved collection of goldfields heritage buildings in New Zealand.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.4
The Maori name for the river is Haihainui which means ‘Big Scratches’.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.5
In the 1950’s many New Zealander’s built cribs ( holiday houses) in Arrowtown and came here for their summer holidays.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.6
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.