Set in the historic village of Arrowtown, New Zealand, we offer a fascinating insight into the history of New Zealand's Southern Lakes District. As well as unique displays in the museum and special exhibitions gallery, we offer options for tour, education, and conference and incentive groups.
The museum provides information on accommodation and is a booking agent for visitor attractions in Queenstown and Arrowtown. Our retail area has a wide selection of interesting books, maps, art prints and souvenirs. The archives and research facility is popular with family historians and other researchers.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.1
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.
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 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.4
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.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.5
The first Arrowtown School was in Buckingham Street and opened in 1863. It was on the site now occupied by the Oak development.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.6
The Maori name for the river is Haihainui which means ‘Big Scratches’.