With its population of a nearly 3000 people, it is small enough for friendship networks to extend far past the neighbours. Many residents are people who have eagerly made the choice to make Arrowtown their beautiful home. The population mix is a healthy one of professionals, working people, and small business owners – of retired folk, couples with families, and young people. (Arrowtown School has been one of New Zealand’s fastest growing).
The award winning Millbrook Resort, with its many residents, sits on the town’s outskirts. And the town’s attractive hinterland is the home to many people enjoying their piece of paradise on lovely lifestyle and vineyard blocks.
The result is an eclectic mix of people, delighted to live here, and to enjoy the town and each other. It also means there is a good range of clubs, services, and facilities.
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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.
In the 1950’s many New Zealander’s built cribs ( holiday houses) in Arrowtown and came here for their summer holidays.
They used to sell Morphine in the local drug store. That was back in the goldmining days of course!
Millbrook Resort is named after Mill Farm on which it sits. Mill farm was established by the Butel family who came from Normandy.
The Maori name for the river is Haihainui which means ‘Big Scratches’.
Arrowtown is one of the fastest growing towns in New Zealand:
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