Arrowtown is spectacular in any season, but spring is something special. As winter gently fades, the snow lingers on the mountains as a flush of new green leaves appears on the trees, the fruit trees blossom, and daffodils and tulips poke their heads up to emerge from hibernation.
A wander along the residential streets will reveal that Arrowtown has plenty of passionate gardeners. Each year the Arrowtown Horticultural Society puts on the Spring Flower Show, held on a day late in October. Proceeds from this traditional show go to a community project. Past funds raised helped establish the planter plots on in Arrowtown's main street.
Springtime is also a great time to shed the winter blues with an adventure in the outdoors. With daylight hours getting longer you can ski in the morning, mountainbike after lunch and go for a hike in the early evening – if you’ve got the energy! If you prefer your activities on the sedate side, you’ll find Arrowtown’s outstanding shops, cafés and restaurants, spas and galleries will be quieter than they are in high summer.
What a great time of year to visit!
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.
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.
There has been a fire station on the current site since 1890. The hand drawn hose reel was used until the 1940’s.
In the 1950’s many New Zealander’s built cribs ( holiday houses) in Arrowtown and came here for their summer holidays.
The Maori name for the river is Haihainui which means ‘Big Scratches’.
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