Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, Arrowtown

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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  • We walk through the old village where there are some old small homes where the lived as well as some sign boards discribing why they were their and what they went through. Sort of interesting.  more »
  • Before this visit, we had no knowledge of the Chinese miners that came to this area of the country to make a living. Their living conditions were harsh, and there are about a half dozen of their tiny....  more »
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  • Amazing place, a step back in time with the old building being kept and used. Some great eateries to boot. A bit out of the way but well worth the short drive. Put this on your to visit list you won't regret it.
  • The history of Chinese people in New Zealand is fascinating. This restored settlement explains with first hand sources the experiences early Chinese immigrants had - some charming, some tragic. It's great fun to explore the buildings inside and out, and so important to witness this chapter in our history.
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