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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  • August 6, 2017
    Well, the shoes are no longer there but the stone houses are and it doesn't take much of an imagination to understand how tough this life was in the early days of the gold rush. The cold alone would h...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    there are all sorts of walks and passages to explore. amazing views and beautiful pics can be taken. When its snowing great place for a snow man and snow fight.. View the little huts/homes from the Ch...  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    To see the way people migrate to a new country to make a better life and the sacrifices made is so humbling. My hats off to the Gold miners  more »
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  • The place is designed for the enjoyment of tourists, using history and nature. If you like historical, quaint, shopping and a stroll along the stream, this place is for you. Pick up the Arrowtown Guide from the information centre for free. It is always buzzing with tourists but there is space for everyone. No need to worry about parking, it is big enough for everyone and just a very short walk to the attractions. There are lots of photo opportunities from the shops to the Chinese Historical Settlement. Very clean toilets in different parts of the town. There are mixed toilets too!
  • Well done signage and reconstruction to bring to life type of life the Chinese miners lived during the gold rush in this region. Well worth 30 minutes of your time to see the camp and learn some history.
  • Lovely village full of history and very interesting. Nice background on how the first gold mining settlements were.
  • Arrowtown and the Chinese village was an awesome place to spend a few hours. Beautiful in the fall and rich in history.
  • Pleasant but unexceptional. Im from ireland and have seen plenty of similar tiny huts. Good info boards around the site telling of the chinese settlers journey and plight upon trying to settle in Arrowtown and NZ. Wouldnt go out of the way to come to Arrowtown just for this, incorporate it as part of a full day in the town, or tag onto the end of a walk or 4wd tour.

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