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. email@example.com 64 + (0)276 504 465
Arrowtown Random Fact No.1
The Maori name for the river is Haihainui which means ‘Big Scratches’.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.2
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.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.3
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.4
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.5
The first Arrowtown School was in Buckingham Street and opened in 1863. It was on the site now occupied by the Oak development.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.6
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.