The trails offer easy rides and walks or simply stroll around the old cottages and soak up the charm in one of the classy cafes, bars or restaurants.
It's so pretty sitting just a stones-throw from the once gold-rich Arrow River. Arrowtown is dwarfed by mountain scenery and there are views everywhere. Find one of the scenic lookouts on a walk or bike ride or simply be awed by view of the miners' cottages under the canopy of trees planted in the 1870s.
Shopping is great especially the knitwear, but gold, jewellery and jade are a speciality.
The fudges and sweet shops are great for picking up some treats for yourself or to take away. While the hot pies from the bakery are the best around.
At night the town's charm is at its best with heritage lighting featuring many of the over 60 listed buildings. The night life offers a popular bars and restaurants. You'll easily find burgers for the family, a relaxing drink after a busy day, or some fine dining.
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.
There has been a fire station on the current site since 1890. The hand drawn hose reel was used until the 1940’s.
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.
Millbrook Resort is named after Mill Farm on which it sits. Mill farm was established by the Butel family who came from Normandy.
The trees in Arrowtown’s beautiful avenues are Sycamore, Ash, Oak, Elm, and Rowan. The first avenue was planted in 1867.
Arrowtown has one of the best preserved collection of goldfields heritage buildings in New Zealand.
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