Time: 60+ mins one way Grade: Easy Gear: Comfortable shoes recommended
An easy and pleasant loop walk affording intimate glimpses of the immediate Arrowtown area. Starting from the centre of town, walk along Buckingham Street, then Bedford Street, then Centennial Avenue past the golf course to the junction with McDonnell Road. Then return along McDonnell Road into Arrowtown and back to berkshire Street. It's a flat and easy walk along a formed track alongside the road.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.1
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.2
The trees in Arrowtown’s beautiful avenues are Sycamore, Ash, Oak, Elm, and Rowan. The first avenue was planted in 1867.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.3
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.4
Arrowtown has one of the best preserved collection of goldfields heritage buildings in New Zealand.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.5
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.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.