A recent in Australian Golf Digest has confirmed what locals have known for years – that Arrowtown is simply unrivalled when it comes to golf. All three Arrowtown courses – The Hills, Millbrook, and Arrowtown Golf Club – made it into the magazine’s top 15 courses in New Zealand.
came in at number 6 thanks to its elevated tees with panoramic views, accommodating greens, award-winning clubhouse and the sculptures that dot the course. Not far behind, at 8, was scenic with its 27 holes weaving a route around lakes and schist rock. And coming in at number 13 were the tight front nine and the rolling open back nine of , at its most dramatic in April when colourful autumn foliage drapes the hillsides.
Arrowtown must surely have the highest density of top-notch courses anywhere in New Zealand, if not the world. And with Jack’s Point and Queenstown Golf Club, also in the Top 40, less than 30 minutes’ drive away – as well as a fourth Arrowtown course proposed for Hogans Gully – this little town is truly a golfer’s paradise.
Arrowtown had four churches representing the early immigrant populations. Catholic, Presbyterian, Anglican and Methodist. All still operate today except for the Methodist Church.
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.
They used to sell Morphine in the local drug store. That was back in the goldmining days of course!
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 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.
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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