Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, Arrowtown

#2 of 29 in Historic Sites in Otago Region
Historic Walking Area · Historic Site
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.
Create an itinerary including Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

Arrowtown Chinese Settlement reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.0
673 reviews
  • Extremely fascinating place. Very sobering to see how the early Chinese immigrants lived and worked in the early days. In this superbly recreated historic settlement, you get to see what their...  more »
  • Well maintained historic group of huts from the early gold mining days You are able to enter and see how life would have been Informative signs  more »
  • 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.
  • Build a trip
    Tell us where and when you
    want to go, we will build
    the best sightseeing itinerary
  • Refine it
    You have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
  • Book as a package
    Use our travel agents to get
    package savings and hassle free booking
  • Enjoy your trip!
    Enjoy our 24x7
    on-trip assistance