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    Filming Lord of the Rings

    by victorwkf Updated Apr 24, 2004

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    Arrow River, New Zealand

    Part of the Lord of the Rings - Fellowship of the Ring was filmed in Arrowtown at the Arrow River area. The part filmed here was when Frodo got injuried and had to be rushed by horse across the river to Rivendill.

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    Arrow River

    by victorwkf Updated Apr 24, 2004

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    Arrow River, New Zealand

    One of the leisure activities at Arrow town is to try the gold panning at the Arrow River next to the town and experience the gold rush era. The Arrow River is now famous because it is where part of Lord of the Rings - Fellowship of the Ring was filmed.

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    Arrowtown: Buckingham Street

    by victorwkf Updated Apr 24, 2004

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    This is the most famous street in Arrowtown, and the scenery is the most beautiful during autumn time (March to May) with multi-coloured foliages. There are lots of small shops here selling various goods among an idyllic surrounding.

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    Arrowtown Post Office

    by victorwkf Updated Apr 24, 2004

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    Arrowtown Post Office, New Zealand

    This is perhaps the most famous building in Arrowtown located at one end of the shopping area, and is a must see. There is a souvenir shop within the post office which used to sell Lord of the Rings stamps but they have been snapped up long ago.

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    Arrowtown Library

    by TomorrowsAngel Updated Jan 9, 2004

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    The Arrowtown library with its cosy colonial character is designed to fit in with the history of the town, as the original library burnt down in the Christmas holiday period 1928/29.
    There are no records of the library between 1874 and 1877 and any information has been gleaned from older local residents who ‘remembered’ The Early Athenaeum Library and Reading Room specialising in newspapers from ‘home’ i.e. Great Britain and Ireland.
    In 1936 a private library was located in Ernie Thompson's barber shop.
    By 1939 a collection of books were available for borrowing from an Arrowtown Borough Council room. Members from 1955 remembered that books were issued by the Town Clerk on Fridays – the only time the Borough office was open.
    By 1979 the library moved to the back of the Athenaeum Hall.
    The present library opened in 1984 and is housed in a building designed to the Arrowtown Borough Council’s specifications, i.e. it is built of the same era as the buildings in Buckingham Street.
    This library is open Monday to Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm and Saturdays 10.30am to 12.30pm.

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    Lakes District Museum Information Centre & Galley

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Jan 9, 2004

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    As an information outlet and booking agent the Lakes District Museum Information Centre is often the first stop for visitors to the town for inquiries on accommodation and attractions.
    Visitors can browse and/or purchase books, crafts and art works, while the archives and research facility is immensely popular with the casual family historian or serious researcher.
    The Special Exhibitions Gallery shows a changing selection of history or art based exhibitions.

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    Arrowtown Post Office

    by TomorrowsAngel Updated Aug 19, 2003

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    The Lakes District Museum runs the Arrowtown Post Office (built 1915) situated opposite the museum. This is one of the few remaining post offices in New Zealand still called a 'Post and Telegraph' office .
    The Post Office provides a full mail service along with mail products, postcards and souvenirs.
    Open daily from 9am - 4.30pm. Tel:

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    Arrowtown Museum

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Aug 19, 2003

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    This museum specializes in the gold mining history of the local Arrowtown area.
    A unique variety of exhibits present an authentic picture of early Maori in the Southern Lakes district, of the harsh pioneering days of the European settlers, and the exciting gold rush era of the mid to late 1800s.
    The Lakes District Museum has beginnings which are set in the town's gold mining past, and over the years has developed into a visitor experience with something for everyone.
    Today the museum welcomes around 50,000 visitors each year who enjoy the hands-on exhibits, special exhibitions, research facilities, education programme, information and retail outlet.
    There is a small admission charge to visit the museum while admission to the information and retail outlet is free.

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    The Avenue of Trees.

    by worldkiwi Written May 7, 2003

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    Miners's cottages in the Avenue of Trees.

    Walk along the beautiful Avenue of Trees at the eastern end of town. Under the trees are quaint miners' cottages that are now listed historic places. You can actually stay in one that has been set up for tourists!

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    Visit the Chinese Settlement historical site.

    by worldkiwi Written May 7, 2003

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    Historical Chinese settlement, Arrowtown.

    The Chinese were an important part of the 1800s gold rush. They had quite a large settlement here in Arrowtown and it is the only one in the region that has been thoroughly researched and in places, restored. You can walk through the reserve, to the west of the main street, at your leisure and read about the archaeological sites on informative little boards. This historic reserve offers a rare glimpse into another side of New Zealand's history that not even many Kiwis know about.

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    St Pauls in Arrowtown

    by rozehill Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Special Window

    St Paul's has remained almost unchanged in over one hundred years. In 1973 a stained glass window was gifted by Mrs Sally Lusk as a memorial to her late hubby. The window in a modern theme depicts the trees, hills and valleys of the area and the gold from which the town sprang yet blends in with and complements the Victorian architecture of the building.

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    Restaurants and Cafe

    by victorwkf Written Apr 24, 2004

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    Resaturants at Arrowtown, New Zealand

    There are some restaurants and Cafe located along the main Bukingham Street and the street running parallel to it where there is a big car park.

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    Lake District Museum

    by victorwkf Updated Apr 24, 2004

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    Lakes District Museum, New Zealand

    This museum located along the main shopping area traces the history of Arrowtown and surrounding areas.

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    Arrowtown Post Office

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Jan 9, 2004

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    old post boxes still in use

    Originally built in 1863 where the Post Office house now stands. The Post Office was shifted in 1950 so the house could be built.

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    Arrowtown: Autumn Festival

    by victorwkf Written Oct 18, 2003

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    Arrowtown, New Zealand

    Perhaps the best time to visit Arrowtown and surrounding areas is during autumn time. Besides cool weather and multi-coloured foliages, there is an annual autumn festival held in Arrowtown.

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