Arrowtown is a charming, original gold mining town that has retained it's character and lovely to stop for a wander around Chinatown and grab a bite to eat. Lovely in it's authenticity after the lack of historical buildings in nearby Queenstown. It can be a quick trip or take the time to walk along the river and through the surrounding streets where dozens of pioneers houses are still homes today.
It is well worth a wander (at no cost) around the excavated Chinese settlement to learn about the hard lives these early pioneers endured. Whether you are a history buff or not make sure you visit the museum - pick up a $6 gold mining pan there - walk a block towards the river and give it a go according to the instructions. This was a heaps of fun for my family and albeit we had children with us my husband was the most excited and got gold fever! We found gold in most pans - but don't kid yourself - it is literally teeny bits!!
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