Locals and visitors are invited to revisit Arrowtown's favourite shops and restaurants as our charming village opens for business. Be sure to pop in and enjoy all there is on offer in one of New Zealand's most loved towns... and it's on your doorstep!
From Thursday 14 May we celebrate the freeing up of COVID-19 lockdown to Level 2 with many businesses opening over the day and following days.
It's easy to get here by public bus, and if you drive here there is plenty of free parking.
Help our local business community bounce back and #LoveArrowtown: Go Local.
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 Chinese Settlement was established in 1867-8 and was in existence until the mid 1930’s. The site underwent an archaeological excavation in 1984.
The Maori name for the river is Haihainui which means ‘Big Scratches’.
In the 1950’s many New Zealander’s built cribs ( holiday houses) in Arrowtown and came here for their summer holidays.
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.
The first Arrowtown School was in Buckingham Street and opened in 1863. It was on the site now occupied by the Oak development.
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