The trails offer easy rides and walks or simply stroll around the old cottages and soak up the charm in one of the classy cafes, bars or restaurants.
It's so pretty sitting just a stones-throw from the once gold-rich Arrow River. Arrowtown is dwarfed by mountain scenery and there are views everywhere. Find one of the scenic lookouts on a walk or bike ride or simply be awed by view of the miners' cottages under the canopy of trees planted in the 1870s.
Shopping is great especially the knitwear, but gold, jewellery and jade are a speciality.
The fudges and sweet shops are great for picking up some treats for yourself or to take away. While the hot pies from the bakery are the best around.
At night the town's charm is at its best with heritage lighting featuring many of the over 60 listed buildings. The night life offers a popular bars and restaurants. You'll easily find burgers for the family, a relaxing drink after a busy day, or some fine dining.
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.
The trees in Arrowtown’s beautiful avenues are Sycamore, Ash, Oak, Elm, and Rowan. The first avenue was planted in 1867.
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 had four churches representing the early immigrant populations. Catholic, Presbyterian, Anglican and Methodist. All still operate today except for the Methodist Church.
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.
Millbrook Resort is named after Mill Farm on which it sits. Mill farm was established by the Butel family who came from Normandy.
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