Here in Arrowtown, on one of the main corners, right by the old miners' cottages, stands one of the regions old trees. Certainly very old by NZ standards, remembering out history is very young.
This is the MARY COTTER TREE, and was planted in 1867.
I guess it is one of the oldest pioneer planted trees, rather than a native.
Fondest memory: The Mary Cotter Tree is the one in the foreground of the photograph, just out front of the Library.
This old post office, although adjacent to the site of the original one, was rebuilt in 1915. It was renovated in 1988 and is now run as a postal agency by the Lakes District Museum.
The pillar postbox is Edwardian and originally from Invercargill.
Fondest memory: These old buildings are interesting to see how they are constructed, but also they have a certain 'smell' about them, that you just don't get in new buildings.
At the Western end of town, walking distance from the main street, you will find the restored Chinese Miners Village. There are several examples of huts they build from stone. What is amazing is how small they are and seemingly how small the men must have been.
See more photos in my Chinese Village Travelogue
Favorite thing: There is something of a café culture emerging in Arrowtown, as with the rest of New Zealand. So don't forget to look beyond the old part of town, and just one street over towards the river is a new part, with some really nice shops and cafés.
If you visit during Late April you should be in time for the Arrowtown Autumn Festival. This is reknown for it's stunning autumn colours as the trees all around the hills and town change to amazing colours before they fall.
Festivities in town are fun, mostly period from the pioneer days of Arrowtown. Artists, singers, actors and residents all perform at some time through the festival celebrating the towns heritage and association with the Arrow River.
Check the festival site here.
Just a small but interesting library. Sometimes interesting to catch up on newspapers and magazines, or even the books. Also they often have art exhibited around the library.
Situated at the Eastern end of Buckingham Street, opposite the old Miners' Cottages.
Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10:30am - 12:30pm
As you drive in to town, follow the signs you see reading "All Day Free Parking". Go down by the river, and there is plenty of parking.
Even on a busy day, although you may not get to park right next to the mainstreet, you can park nearby and not a long walk.
Fondest memory: This is one of my favourite photos from my day in Arrowtown. It just sums up autumn in this part of the country for me. I had to wait ages to take this though as there were hordes of people enjoying a walk around the lower than usual Arrow River.
Favorite thing: In ArrowTown. there's a few good shops - post office, chemist, sport shop, a supermarket and a Hairdresser - loads more may have opened since I was in ArrowTown. This is a great place for a day trip. A handful of cafes and restaurants and gift shops. Very relaxing
Favorite thing: Arrowtown is a photographer's paradise as there are many old and historical buildings, plus very nice surrounding sceneries. The weather is very good, especially in autumn.
Fondest memory: I like Arrowtown because it is small, easy to move around and there are signages everywhere to guide visitors around.
Favorite thing: The houses of the residential areas of Arrowtown are very simple, beautiful and located in very good surroundings with nature all around.
Favorite thing: This village with its various cottages and monuments of the Chinese settlers during the gold rush era is a landmark in Arrowtown, and do drop by and visit when you are here.
Favorite thing: In summer time it is very green here, and also very popular for travellers passing through. There are plenty of rest areas with picnic tables in the shade.
Arrowtown is the nearest town to Lake Hayes about 7 minutes, and in any season this little town is very pretty
Fondest memory: Tobins walking track is a lovely place to walk, just above Arrowtown