Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, Arrowtown

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
3.9/5 based on 300+ 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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  • In the 1980s, the Department of Conservation restored the small village to acknowledge the contribution of these Chinese. There are storyboards to provide information about the people and buildings in...  read more »
  • This is a place that has been partly restored to give an insight as to how the Chinese community had to live in the 1860s and beyond. They were a most resilient community that prevailed against govern...  read more »
  • This area is located walking distance from the shops of Arrowtown. Great little walk through the Chinese settlement and buildings. There are storyboards to provide background about the people that liv...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Interesting but I wouldn't spend too much time there
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