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. To visit Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and other attractions in Arrowtown, use our Arrowtown visit planner.
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  • Interesting to see the small simple & very rustic houses the Chinese lived in more than 100 years ago. Sadly there is not much to see.  more »
  • Nice little place to visit, you can learn about the local history and have a coffee at little cafe out the front.  more »
  • The town itself is beautiful and quaint, with effort to bring in some history into it. The Chinese settlement is one such section.  more »

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