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
They used to sell Morphine in the local drug store. That was back in the goldmining days of course!
Arrowtown Random Fact No.2
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.3
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.4
Arrowtown has one of the best preserved collection of goldfields heritage buildings in New Zealand.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.5
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.6
In the 1950’s many New Zealander’s built cribs ( holiday houses) in Arrowtown and came here for their summer holidays.