Located on Buckingham Street next to the museum, the Gold Nugget has a wide selection of arts, crafts, jewellery, and clothing to suit all tastes. The Gold Nugget has been a souvenir shop since 1952, and before that was a general store in the goldrush days.
We have original arts and crafts, many Maori-carved masks and tekos, pottery, fine wooden items, bone carvings, locally made handknits, and many other items ranging from snow globes and fridge magnets to excellent T-shirts, jackets, hats, and a renowned selection of soft toys.
You will be sure to find something to suit your taste and pocket. Call in and browse at your leisure; we look forward to meeting you.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.1
They used to sell Morphine in the local drug store. That was back in the goldmining days of course!
Arrowtown Random Fact No.2
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 Random Fact No.3
There has been a fire station on the current site since 1890. The hand drawn hose reel was used until the 1940’s.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.4
Arrowtown had four churches representing the early immigrant populations. Catholic, Presbyterian, Anglican and Methodist. All still operate today except for the Methodist Church.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.5
In the 1950’s many New Zealander’s built cribs ( holiday houses) in Arrowtown and came here for their summer holidays.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.6
The first Arrowtown School was in Buckingham Street and opened in 1863. It was on the site now occupied by the Oak development.