Located on Buckingham Street next to the museum, the Gold Nugget has a wide selection of arts, crafts, jewellery, and clothing to suit all tastes. The Gold Nugget has been a souvenir shop since 1952, and before that was a general store in the goldrush days.
We have original arts and crafts, many Maori-carved masks and tekos, pottery, fine wooden items, bone carvings, locally made handknits, and many other items ranging from snow globes and fridge magnets to excellent T-shirts, jackets, hats, and a renowned selection of soft toys.
You will be sure to find something to suit your taste and pocket. Call in and browse at your leisure; we look forward to meeting you.
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
The Maori name for the river is Haihainui which means ‘Big Scratches’.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.3
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.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
Arrowtown had four churches representing the early immigrant populations. Catholic, Presbyterian, Anglican and Methodist. All still operate today except for the Methodist Church.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.6
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.