Arrowtown sits at the edge of the Otago Goldfields and was one
of New Zealand's biggest gold towns in its day. It still has
reminders of the gold rush days with little miners' cottages along
the tree lined streets, historic wooden buildings, and 19th
century-style shops, preserved as they were during the gold rush.
There are the interesting remains of a Chinese settlement, with
interpretive signs, nestled along the banks of Bush Creek where
gold was panned. The Chinese diggers often worked through the
remains of previous miner's claims in search of undetected fine
gold and were subjected to much prejudice by the other diggers. The
Visitors Centre contains the excellent Lake District Museum that
has a small display on local history and gold mining.
Transportation: 20 minute drive from Queenstown