We lived in the North of New Zealand with its lovely beaches, and then in Australia. We’ve travelled a lot, but this is the place we’ve eventually chosen.
I feel strongly about Arrowtown – about the little town itself, and about its beautiful surrounds.
It is terribly important that we are good custodians of Arrowtown, and don’t let it be overwhelmed by growth.
Sir Michael Hill
Drawing credit: Sir Michael Hill
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 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 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.
Arrowtown is one of the fastest growing towns in New Zealand:
Arrowtown had four churches representing the early immigrant populations. Catholic, Presbyterian, Anglican and Methodist. All still operate today except for the Methodist Church.
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