Astor Bristed is a contemporary art gallery in Arrowtown. Established in 2019 in a tiny loft, it has recently expanded into a spacious new gallery on the main street.
With selected New Zealand and international art, Astor Bristed provides thoughtful art for acquisition, contemplation and meaningful discussions to the burgeoning community of arts enthusiasts in the Central Otago region and wider New Zealand.
Get in touch if you'd like more information on our artists, available works and exhibition programme.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.1
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.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.2
They used to sell Morphine in the local drug store. That was back in the goldmining days of course!
Arrowtown Random Fact No.3
There has been a fire station on the current site since 1890. The hand drawn hose reel was used until the 1940’s.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.4
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.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.5
In the 1950’s many New Zealander’s built cribs ( holiday houses) in Arrowtown and came here for their summer holidays.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.6
Millbrook Resort is named after Mill Farm on which it sits. Mill farm was established by the Butel family who came from Normandy.