With its population of a little over 2000 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.
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.
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.
Arrowtown had four churches representing the early immigrant populations. Catholic, Presbyterian, Anglican and Methodist. All still operate today except for the Methodist Church.
Arrowtown was originally known as Fox’s. named after William Fox an early gold discoverer. Then it was known as The Arrow and later Arrowtown.
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