A 4.2km loop walkway along the banks of the Arrow River. This trail was built by the Otago Regional Council in 1998 to commemorate 150 years of European Settlement in Otago. It travels downstream passing the site of the Criterion Quartz Mining company, one of the first quartz mines in New Zealand which began extracting gold from there in the 1860's. It is a wide easy track overhung with Willow, Sycamore and Larch Trees. Part of this trail was the location for "The Gladden Fields" of Lord of the Rings. Form more information on Lord of the Rings sites, you can purchase "The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook from the Lakes District Museum Shop. This trail is maintained by the Otago Regional Council.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.1
Arrowtown has one of the best preserved collection of goldfields heritage buildings in New Zealand.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.2
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.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
The Maori name for the river is Haihainui which means ‘Big Scratches’.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.5
There has been a fire station on the current site since 1890. The hand drawn hose reel was used until the 1940’s.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.6
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.