Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, Arrowtown

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Explore a piece of New Zealand history at Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, a historical village established during the Otago gold rush of the 1860s. See the tiny stone huts--some in ruins, some reconstructed or restored--where the Chinese migrants lived and worked, and try your hand at panning for gold yourself. Don't miss Ah Lum's Store, named after its final owner who became a local hero when he saved a European miner from drowning. Though its mortared rubble walls and corrugated iron roof enclose a mere 36 sq m (388.7 sq ft) of space, the interior includes five rooms plus a loft, which served as a shop, bank, and socializing area, and provided accommodations for travelers and visitors. Add Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and other attractions to your Arrowtown trip itinerary using our Arrowtown vacation generator.
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  • The display boards explained the plight of the Chinese who came to work here. Some never returning to their families. Well set out  more »
  • it's nice to walk a little bit outside the village to the Chinese settlement. You can read the information and visit the house of Ah Lum. It's well worth to go to there  more »
  • A very well kept and quite unique record of the hundreds of Chinese who flocked to NZ in search of gold and riches, Most went back in boxes from the conditions in which they had to live and work. The ...  more »
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  • Nicely done walk through the historic chinese settlement. Insightful. Watch out for sandflies.
  • Some of the places are recreations but some are original. There seem to be some remains that are not called out in the interpretive signage.
  • Well maintained history of the Chinese in New Zealand. First settlers and their livelihood. Well with the visit!
  • After walking through the charming little Arrowtown streets, we found this fascinating little walk that took us through where the Chinese came in the 19th century to help pan for gold. Sad to know that after an initial warm welcome they were discriminated against and people (as they often do during financial hardships) began to blame them for their own problems and spread lies. Thankfully Arrowtown restored some of this area and now you can take a FREE walk where they have clear signs at each spot of what that building was, who lived or worked there, and you could walk in. Quite amazing and just sitting there for you to explore. When we were there we were completely alone, it was quite eerie. Definitely recommend.
  • Not a lot to it but worth it if only to see how the settlers lived. It's quite remarkable just how small these places are.