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.
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 was originally known as Fox’s. named after William Fox an early gold discoverer. Then it was known as The Arrow and later Arrowtown.
In the 1950’s many New Zealander’s built cribs ( holiday houses) in Arrowtown and came here for their summer holidays.
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 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.
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.
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