Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
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  • Nicki B
    Masterton, New Zealand201 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much fun for everyone
    We loved this experience. We arrived in time to join a tour of the mining area. It was so much fun and my husband managed to find a small piece of gold. It takes some patience with the panning but would totally do it again.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 April 2023
  • Silverthreads101
    New Zealand9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent educational family activity
    Had not been here for many years and thought grandson (7 years old) would enjoy it. He loved it and when followed by a trip to the Lakes museum he got a better appreciation of the life and work of the Chinese of Arrowtown. Great education for us all as he read out the information signs to us as well. We were there for almost an jour exploring. It's great that it is free too!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Amanda C
    Gold Coast, Australia1,670 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A step back into the past
    An interesting look into the history of the area and a sad take on the racism rife at the time. These brave souls headed out from all they knew and loved in China to make their fortunes, with many never returning home. Take the time to read the boards and really enjoy the recreation of Arrowtown’s gold rush era. A lovely wander through a beautiful part of New Zealand
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • TWal1
    Canberra, Australia2,891 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy Walk and interesting History
    This is a self-guided walk through Arrowtown’s Chinese Settlement which dates back to the gold rush in the 1860s. It tells the story our the Chinese influence on the goldfields, their personal drive and commitment and desire to build a better life. They were determined people who made a significant contribution to this community. Recent archaeological excavations have helped us to learn more about how these people lived about 160 years ago. Worth a visit.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 February 2024
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TWal1
Canberra, Australia2,891 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a self-guided walk through Arrowtown’s Chinese Settlement which dates back to the gold rush in the 1860s. It tells the story our the Chinese influence on the goldfields, their personal drive and commitment and desire to build a better life. They were determined people who made a significant contribution to this community. Recent archaeological excavations have helped us to learn more about how these people lived about 160 years ago. Worth a visit.
Written 27 February 2024
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Amanda C
Gold Coast, Australia1,670 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
An interesting look into the history of the area and a sad take on the racism rife at the time.
These brave souls headed out from all they knew and loved in China to make their fortunes, with many never returning home.
Take the time to read the boards and really enjoy the recreation of Arrowtown’s gold rush era.
A lovely wander through a beautiful part of New Zealand
Written 28 July 2023
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Thomas W
Sarpsborg, Norway348 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
There is not much left of the previous thriving (but poor) Chinese settlement, but it is interesting to see how poor conditions the Chinese miners were living under.
Written 26 July 2023
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Silverthreads101
New Zealand9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Had not been here for many years and thought grandson (7 years old) would enjoy it. He loved it and when followed by a trip to the Lakes museum he got a better appreciation of the life and work of the Chinese of Arrowtown. Great education for us all as he read out the information signs to us as well. We were there for almost an jour exploring. It's great that it is free too!
Written 10 July 2023
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Nicki B
Masterton, New Zealand201 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We loved this experience. We arrived in time to join a tour of the mining area. It was so much fun and my husband managed to find a small piece of gold.
It takes some patience with the panning but would totally do it again.
Written 10 April 2023
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Lenny H
Auckland, New Zealand794 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Excellent piece of history, which has been very well maintained. Lovely wander in a beautiful setting. Best of all, there is no charge.
Written 22 March 2023
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Beatrice H
Exeter, UK2,621 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Really interesting place to visit and easy free parking in Arrowtown. Very bittersweet to see how the Chinese workers lived while essential to local gold mining
Written 14 March 2023
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia27,919 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
In the 1870's they came to make money and there were 8,000 Chinese in the gold fields and they represented 40% of the miners, Where they lived has been retained , a real positive and this pretty river walk and the history, reasonably well presented is worthy of a visit.
Written 12 March 2023
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Ken H
Ipswich, UK1,059 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Well worth taking a wander around the old settlement if you're in Arrowtown. Information boards are very well done and give context to the buildings and their occupants. Free to visit and very close to town centre. Highly recommended.
Written 17 February 2023
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Laurel M
Calgary, Canada856 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
After wandering up and down Buckingham Street we headed over through the parking lot to the Historic Chinese Settlement. Lots of signage along the path and you can peek into the few remaining buildings. So tiny. Hard to imagine the life the Chinese men led during the gold rush of the 1860’s. We returned to the parking lot on Tobin’s Track along the Arrow River. So worthwhile to view the settlement and learn more about New Zealand’s gold mining past.
Written 11 February 2023
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