Visit the 'Old Fashioned Costume Photography' studio for a unique experience and a fantastic Arrowtown souvenir. A great activity for the whole family, we have a wonderful selection of props (musical instruments, guns, fans, parasols, dolls etc) and amazing costumes.
Having photographs taken with us is lots of fun and fuss free as most costumes fit over streetwear. Prints and/or digital copies are available on the spot. Learn a little about our early settlers and take home a beautiful authentic sepia photograph.
Choose from our range of 'old fashioned' photo mounts or frames and have your print look like something you have found in grandmas attic!
We also hire' Victorian Children's Games'. Take a basket and a rug down to the green and enjoy some family time with a collection of old fashioned games toys and books . A great way for children to learn a little about the past while having some holiday fun!
We are open most days during the summer season and by appointment over Winter months.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.1
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.2
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.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.3
The Maori name for the river is Haihainui which means ‘Big Scratches’.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.4
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.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
Arrowtown had four churches representing the early immigrant populations. Catholic, Presbyterian, Anglican and Methodist. All still operate today except for the Methodist Church.