Start by the Trails Notice Board at Butlers Green and walk diagonally to your left to cross a small footbridge over Bush Creek. Then turn left and follow the dirt road west, the irrigation pipe is on your right. Approximately 5mins into the trail you will pass what remains of one of Arrowtown's old outdoor ice skating rinks. Continue up the road until you walk over the irrigation pipe and through a sheep gate. The trail now winds gently along next to Bush Creek. Look out for stone walls in the centre of the river. These were reportedly built by Chinese miners in an effort to divert the water from one side to the other. They then worked the dry side, always profitably. After 15 minutes, the trail will lead up over a footbridge where the Big Hill and Sawpit Gully trails start. Veer left at this point and continue along Bush Creek to the old water supply intake (1881). To return, retrace your steps back to Arrowtown.
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
Arrowtown has one of the best preserved collection of goldfields heritage buildings in New Zealand.
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 Maori name for the river is Haihainui which means ‘Big Scratches’.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.5
They used to sell Morphine in the local drug store. That was back in the goldmining days of course!
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.