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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  • It would be a shame if anyone visiting Arrowtown missed out on seeing this "attraction", a real insight into how the Chinese immigrants lived and worked here in the late 1800's An easy well signposted...  more »
  • Just on the out skirts of the the old colonial village is the Chinese settlement from the 1880's, gives you an idea of how they lived in there small shacks, a nice walk around very imformative.  more »
  • We enjoyed our walk around the Chinese Settlement and came away feeling a little sad and filled with admiration for the stoicism and resilience of the settlers who made their homes in a hostile land. ...  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.