Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, Arrowtown
(3.9/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I liked much of Arrowtown and don't need to pay a tour because it has public bus leaving Queenstown hourly. This small Chinese village is beautiful as well as all the other places in this small town. I really enjoyed and I was not only in the Center but on the street further away from the village, every corner more beautiful than the other. Not to be missed.
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  • Leave the busy, touristy streets of Arrowtown behind and take a few, or more, minutes to wander along the short trail in the Chinese Village. Be sure to read the excellent information signs. Gently ex...  more »
  • I had no idea of the Chinese settlement in New Zealand so I was very interested in this place. Lots of information and a real sense of what the living conditions were like for them. 
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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.