Arrowtown; Where History Meets Nature

Arrowtown – where you can explore both History and Nature

Arrowtown is a historic gold mining village with beautiful surroundings.  It is a very busy place – even when raining.  Though more beautiful in Autumn when the leaves change colour.  If you plan on staying  overnight, plan ahead.  It can be difficult to get last minute accommodation at a reasonable price.

Beautiful Arrowtown
Beautiful Arrowtown

Arrowtown Village

Buckingham Street parades rows of historic buildings that have now become cafes, restaurants and many types of shops.  One of our favourite shops is The Remarkable Sweet Shop.

We had morning tea at the Postmasters – an historic cottage that once was home to the town’s postmaster.  It’s a lovely place and well worth the visit.  The coffee was excellent too.

Postmasters Residence
Postmasters Residence

Another place to stop at is the New Orleans Hotel.  And the day we visited it was busy – probably due to the heavy rain.  They had a great menu selection and plenty of places to sit.  The sofas by the fireplace were full and the hotel was toasty and warm.

New Orleans Hotel
New Orleans Hotel

Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

Within walking distance from Buckingham Street is the Chinese Settlement.  During the gold rush, Chinese gold-miners flocked to Arrowtown.  This settlement shows the contrast between how the Europeans and Chinese miners lived.  The settlement area also displays information boards about the history, the people and how they lived.

Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

Arrowtown Gaol

While walking back to the motel, we came across the Arrowtown Gaol – opened 1876.  Visitors are able to enter the gaol, however we needed to go back into town to pick up a key.  We decided to visit the inside of the gaol on our next visit.

Arrowtown Gaol
Arrowtown Gaol

Accommodation – Settlers Cottage Motel

The Settlers Cottage Motel is within walking distance to Buckingham Street so is an ideal location.  We stayed in a 2-bedroom unit and it was very spacious with more room than we needed.  The motel is very much in character with Arrowtown.  The main area of the motel are cottages surrounded by beautiful gardens.  Jayne is one of the nicest hosts we have ever come across.  We can’t wait to return to Arrowtown and the Settlers Cottage Motel.

Bedroom at the Settlers Cottage Motel
Bedroom at the Settlers Cottage Motel

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