Over four evenings in September the Arrowtown Choppers are undertaking a voluntary re-vegetation trial (approx. 1/4 hectare) on Tobin's Face.
This is in co-ordination with the Arrowtown Village Association and the Arrowtown Wilding Group. This trial allows us to understand that we are planting the right trees in the right place at the right time.
Autumn saw us plant 500+ natives and NOW with Spring on the horizon we are continuing with the planting of 300 exotic colour trees and 50 mountain beech.
Time: 5pm - 7pm
Date: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th September
Where: Meet at the bottom of Tobin’s Track at 5pm or walk up Tobin's Track about 800m to the planting site. You will see native planting on either side of the track, then look for the people in high viz vests.
As always, these initiatives need all the support they can get, so we appreciate any support you can provide.
You can also donate to the cause at: https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/trial-planting-tobins-face
Photo: Henry de Salengre
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 has been a fire station on the current site since 1890. The hand drawn hose reel was used until the 1940’s.
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.
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.
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.
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