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
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 Maori name for the river is Haihainui which means ‘Big Scratches’.
The first Arrowtown School was in Buckingham Street and opened in 1863. It was on the site now occupied by the Oak development.
Millbrook Resort is named after Mill Farm on which it sits. Mill farm was established by the Butel family who came from Normandy.
There has been a fire station on the current site since 1890. The hand drawn hose reel was used until the 1940’s.
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