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. To visit Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and other attractions in Arrowtown, use our Arrowtown visit planner.
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  • I was really disappointed with this visit. I expected to see a lot more restoration than what is here. The settlement is literally about seven empty huts. That’s it. There are a bunch of placards tell...  more »
  • We were having a disappointing time in Arrowtown when we went to visit the Chinese settlement. We didn't stay to long as there was not much to see. We looked at the little loo built in front of a hous...  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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