I was in my element browsing this gallery! Craig Potten is a successful photographer specialising in scenes of New Zealand nature. His excellent work is mostly seen on calendars, coffee table books, posters - that sort of thing. I quite like his work, so finding his gallery was a nice surprise, tucked off the main street in a courtyard. You can buy limited edition prints if you want to give your credit card a real work-out, but there are smaller, less expensive prints available too as well as a selection of his books. I spent a quiet and enjoyable half hour in here admiring his work before being dragged out by my companions. Give it a look if you're in town.
There is also a lookout point on your way from Wanaka to Arrowtown along Highway 6 around Lake Hayes.
Stop by at the lookout point and you could see Arrowtown. The lookout point was unvieled by then the Minister of Tourism on 17 Dec 1976. It was erected to commenmorate 100 years of local body government of Lake County Council.
On the way out to Queenstown, we came across the quaint little church of St Paul.
It was nicely sitting in a green plot of land.
The gates are open and you may go in for a little tour of this church.
Arts is found in an open area near Ramshaw St.
The sclptures are put up by Ann Wadworth and Rachel Hirabayashi.
Entitled the "Workings" it is a reflection of the wathered metals of Arrowtown's goldmining and agricultural history.
It was commisioned by the Aspiring Arts & Culture Trust and installed on 7 Apr 2003.
Lovely Lavendars were grown around this Lake District Museum. Just brush your palm on those shrubs and you could smell the lovely Lavendar scent.
There are big sweet smelling red roses grown at the entrance to the Museum.
I found a cart underneath this building at the back entrance to the Museum.
Is this the water supply or just another water fountain feature?
There is a car park just opposite the Museum at Romans Lane where you could park your car for free the whole day.
Gold mining anyone? Why not hire a pan and try your luck and you will find some gold nuggets to bring home.
There is an exhibiions where you could understand how gold mining is done.
Go for the historic minning lesson if you have the time.
It is located in the Lake District Museum.
When we went there in Dec 2005, the Passing People Exhibition was on at the Lake District Museum.
You could see 100 portraits done by John Badcock.
You could read about Mr Badcock and his work in the Special Exhibitions Gallery which opens from 9am to 5pm.
The Arrowtown Post and Telegraph is run by the Lakes District Museum. It was built in 1915 and is located just opposite the museum.
The Post Office is still providing mail services along with mail products, postcards and souvenirs to Arrowtown.
There is a souvenir shop within the post office which used to sell Lord of the Rings stamps.
Buckingham Street is the main street of Arrowtown.
It has an many retail shops along both side of the street. Shops from groceries store to a gold shop, jade carving, finest clothings, art & crafts, souvenirs, cafes and restaurants.
The Chinese Settlement was built by the Chinese miners from 1868.
Much of the Chinese Settlement was unearthed in 1983 and some parts were rebuilt.
Chinese miners came from Australia and also from China, and formed a settlement in lower Arrowtown in the late 1860s.
There is a Ah Lum's Store and outhouse which operated till 1972.
The Lakes District Museum building was built in 1875 as the Bank of New Zealand. It was relocated from Arrowtown's Ballarat Hotel to the present location in 1955.
Today it has been the focal point of Arrowtown for every visitor. This maybe the most famous building in Arrowtown. This is where you may get information and make bookings of the Arrowtown accommodation and attractions.
The Special Exhibitions Gallery exhibits themed focus art and history.
Being the centre of gold-rush country, we couldn't visit without trying our hand at gold panning.
In a small outlet along the main street, we hire the necessary equipment, and set off for the river.
Lady luck is not on our side today, however, and all we seem to find is lotsw of boring little grey stones.
No fortune today!
The museum is spread over a few of the old buildings of the town.
The Bank of New Zealand building, the bank's stables and the town's baker's oven from around 1875 and the old Post Office as well.
You can see displays and read about the arrival of the early European Settlers, as well as the Gold rush era, and most interesting, the information of early Maoris living in the Southern Lakes District.
Situated in the museum as well, is the Information Office which is well worth a visit.
If you are visiting in the summer months, this makes rather an exciting and nice drive. At the Arrow Junction, on Highway 6, take the Crown Range road. This will take you on a very windy road up the hill to a wonderful lookout where you can stop and look back over Arrowtown and see how it is nestled in to the mountains. This photo is taken from the lookout.
This road is mostly ok during summer months but in winter, especially in icy/snowy conditions the road is extremely dangerous and often closed. I don't recomment you try to drive this road during winter.
HANDS ON CREATIVITY - MAKE YOUR OWN MOMENTO.
For something a little out of the ordinary, you can visit this workshop and make your own piece of artwork, while in Arrowtown.
From silks, to felts to drawing. All the material is provided. The surrounding hills and colours will give you motivation for sure. An attendant is there to help and give you ideas. I found this to be a very original and extremely fun way to make your own momento to take home.
You can also make mosaics, embroidery, painting, and other types of folk art, including fabric painting etc.
The atmosphere in the workshop is fun and your creation will be a special memory for you.