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
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
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.3
Arrowtown is one of the fastest growing towns in New Zealand:
Arrowtown Random Fact No.4
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.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.5
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.6
They used to sell Morphine in the local drug store. That was back in the goldmining days of course!