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
The trees in Arrowtown’s beautiful avenues are Sycamore, Ash, Oak, Elm, and Rowan. The first avenue was planted in 1867.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.2
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.3
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.4
Arrowtown has one of the best preserved collection of goldfields heritage buildings in New Zealand.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.5
The Maori name for the river is Haihainui which means ‘Big Scratches’.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.6
Arrowtown had four churches representing the early immigrant populations. Catholic, Presbyterian, Anglican and Methodist. All still operate today except for the Methodist Church.