Set in the historic village of Arrowtown, New Zealand, we offer a fascinating insight into the history of New Zealand's Southern Lakes District. As well as unique displays in the museum and special exhibitions gallery, we offer options for tour, education, and conference and incentive groups.
The museum provides information on accommodation and is a booking agent for visitor attractions in Queenstown and Arrowtown. Our retail area has a wide selection of interesting books, maps, art prints and souvenirs. The archives and research facility is popular with family historians and other researchers.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.1
The trees in Arrowtown’s beautiful avenues are Sycamore, Ash, Oak, Elm, and Rowan. The first avenue was planted in 1867.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.2
The first Arrowtown School was in Buckingham Street and opened in 1863. It was on the site now occupied by the Oak development.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.3
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.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.4
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.5
Millbrook Resort is named after Mill Farm on which it sits. Mill farm was established by the Butel family who came from Normandy.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.6
In the 1950’s many New Zealander’s built cribs ( holiday houses) in Arrowtown and came here for their summer holidays.