Arrowtown is spectacular in any season, but spring is something special. As winter gently fades, the snow lingers on the mountains as a flush of new green leaves appears on the trees, the fruit trees blossom, and daffodils and tulips poke their heads up to emerge from hibernation.
A wander along the residential streets will reveal that Arrowtown has plenty of passionate gardeners. Each year the Arrowtown Horticultural Society puts on the Spring Flower Show, held on a day late in October. Proceeds from this traditional show go to a community project. Past funds raised helped establish the planter plots on in Arrowtown's main street.
Springtime is also a great time to shed the winter blues with an adventure in the outdoors. With daylight hours getting longer you can ski in the morning, mountainbike after lunch and go for a hike in the early evening – if you’ve got the energy! If you prefer your activities on the sedate side, you’ll find Arrowtown’s outstanding shops, cafés and restaurants, spas and galleries will be quieter than they are in high summer.
What a great time of year to visit!
Arrowtown was originally known as Fox’s. named after William Fox an early gold discoverer. Then it was known as The Arrow and later Arrowtown.
They used to sell Morphine in the local drug store. That was back in the goldmining days of course!
The trees in Arrowtown’s beautiful avenues are Sycamore, Ash, Oak, Elm, and Rowan. The first avenue was planted in 1867.
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.
The first Arrowtown School was in Buckingham Street and opened in 1863. It was on the site now occupied by the Oak development.
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.
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