Time: 30 mins each way Grade: Medium/Easy Gear: Reasonable footwear required
A brisk walk to the top of Tobins track will reward you with unsurpassed views of Arrowtown and the further Wakatipu basin. Tobins Track entrance is at the bottom of Ford Street (off Centennial Avenue and Bedford Street corner). A car park is located on the reserve. The bridge takes you across the Arrow River. At the top of Tobins Track is a trig station and two seats provided by the Stevenson family for walkers to enjoy the view and rest awhile. Halfway up Tobins Track on the left hand side is the entrance to New Chum Track. At the top of Tobins Track another trail goes east back down to the Arrow River and then follows the river back to the bottom bridge.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.1
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.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
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
In the 1950’s many New Zealander’s built cribs ( holiday houses) in Arrowtown and came here for their summer holidays.
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.