With its population of a nearly 3000 people, it is small enough for friendship networks to extend far past the neighbours. Many residents are people who have eagerly made the choice to make Arrowtown their beautiful home. The population mix is a healthy one of professionals, working people, and small business owners – of retired folk, couples with families, and young people. (Arrowtown School has been one of New Zealand’s fastest growing).
The award winning Millbrook Resort, with its many residents, sits on the town’s outskirts. And the town’s attractive hinterland is the home to many people enjoying their piece of paradise on lovely lifestyle and vineyard blocks.
The result is an eclectic mix of people, delighted to live here, and to enjoy the town and each other. It also means there is a good range of clubs, services, and facilities.
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The Maori name for the river is Haihainui which means ‘Big Scratches’.
Arrowtown has one of the best preserved collection of goldfields heritage buildings in New Zealand.
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.
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 Arrowtown School was in Buckingham Street and opened in 1863. It was on the site now occupied by the Oak development.
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.
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