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.
Arrowtown has one of the best preserved collection of goldfields heritage buildings in New Zealand.
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 are two theories as to why the town is named Arrowtown. One is that the river behind the town flows swiftly like an arrow.
In the 1950’s many New Zealander’s built cribs ( holiday houses) in Arrowtown and came here for their summer holidays.
Arrowtown is one of the fastest growing towns in New Zealand:
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.
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