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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  • While admittedly not a history buff, we had a good time walking in the Chinese settlement, taking in the autumn scenery and learning a bit of how Chinese contributed in the past to this part of the...  more »
  • Alongside the carpark is this remenant of the Chinese settlement. There are a couple of dwellings and a store depiciting examples of the Chinese community in the area until circ 1925  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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