Time: 30 mins each way Grade: Medium/Easy Gear: Reasonable footwear required
A brisk walk to the top of Tobins track will reward you with unsurpassed views of Arrowtown and the further Wakatipu basin. Tobins Track entrance is at the bottom of Ford Street (off Centennial Avenue and Bedford Street corner). A car park is located on the reserve. The bridge takes you across the Arrow River. At the top of Tobins Track is a trig station and two seats provided by the Stevenson family for walkers to enjoy the view and rest awhile. Halfway up Tobins Track on the left hand side is the entrance to New Chum Track. At the top of Tobins Track another trail goes east back down to the Arrow River and then follows the river back to the bottom bridge.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.1
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.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.2
The Chinese Settlement was established in 1867-8 and was in existence until the mid 1930’s. The site underwent an archaeological excavation in 1984.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.3
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.4
Arrowtown has one of the best preserved collection of goldfields heritage buildings in New Zealand.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.5
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.6
The first Arrowtown School was in Buckingham Street and opened in 1863. It was on the site now occupied by the Oak development.