The competition runs as part of the Arrowtown Autumn Festival and photographs have to be taken in the area around Arrowtown bordered by the Crown Range, Shotover River, Lake Hayes and Gibbston in the preceding year. This includes backcountry behind Arrowtown including Coronet and Macetown.
Open category winners are awarded $100, while youth winners and second places receive $50. The overall champion receives $200 and holds the Jade & Opal Factory trophy. All finalists are displayed at the Lakes District Museum from Autumn Festival week, through to late May 2023
The six categories this year are:
Photo: Last years overall winner - Henric Matthiesen - "The Long Wait"
Millbrook Resort is named after Mill Farm on which it sits. Mill farm was established by the Butel family who came from Normandy.
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.
The first Arrowtown School was in Buckingham Street and opened in 1863. It was on the site now occupied by the Oak development.
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.
In the 1950’s many New Zealander’s built cribs ( holiday houses) in Arrowtown and came here for their summer holidays.
The Maori name for the river is Haihainui which means ‘Big Scratches’.
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