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 Maori name for the river is Haihainui which means ‘Big Scratches’.
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.
There has been a fire station on the current site since 1890. The hand drawn hose reel was used until the 1940’s.
Arrowtown had four churches representing the early immigrant populations. Catholic, Presbyterian, Anglican and Methodist. All still operate today except for the Methodist Church.
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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