Kapoors Year 9B: Australia and New Zealand travel blog

Day-trippers From Queenstown Descend By The Busloads To Explore The 60+ Heritage...

The Buildings Have A Lot Of Character And Most Have Been Converted...

Chinese Workers Were Brought In As 'Diggers', But Like Elsewhere, Were Marginalized...

I Always Like To Explore Old Post Offices When We Travel, They...

Here's A Little History Lesson About The Building And Its Predecessors

Arrowtown's Post Office Delighted Me With Bright Red Letter Boxes

They Look So Cheerful With The Red Enamel Paint And The Copper...

This Is The Edwardian Pillar Box That Was Originally Located In Invercargill...

This Line Of Cottages On The Eastern Edge Of Town Is Where...

A Sign Attracted Our Attention, It Was Well Past 1:00pm And We...

The Setting Was Lovely, We Managed To Find An Umbrella Table And...

It Was Time To 'Get Out Of Dodge' And Go For A...

According To The Sign, This Trail Takes Hikers All The Way To...

We Certainly Weren't Up For That, But I Can See It Would...

We Crossed Over The A Small Bridge And Returned Along The Far...

After Exploring The Town A Little More, We Returned To The Fork...

Well Actually, We Returned To Quench Our Thirst, Anil Ordered A Flight...

We Walked Back Through Town In Order To Reach The 'Chinese Settlement'...

I Noticed This Cute T-Shirt In One Of The Store Windows, Not...

I Also Admired The Local Jade Jewellery, Carved Into Maori Designs

These Pendants Were Beautiful, But As Much As I Liked Them, I...

On Our Way To The Chinese Settlement, We Came Upon These Two...

At Last We Reached The Western-Most Edge Of Town, Where The 'Diggers'...

This Photograph Helped To Put Faces To The Often Nameless Migrant Workers

By 1871 There Were More Chinese Than European Miners, This Building Was...

It Was Noted In The Dunstan Times In 1870 That There Was...

Later On Many Of The 'Diggers' Were Able To Scrounge Materials To...

The Caption Reads That Ah Lum Saved A European Miner From Drowning...

I Was Pleased To Read That The New Zealand Government Formally Apologized...

On The Way Out Of Town, I Stopped To Add This Structure...

I Stepped Inside And This Sign Put A Smile On My Face...


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BACKGROUND

Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – New Zealand chapter on Queenstown and Wanaka has to say about Arrowtown:

“Beloved by day-trippers from Queenstown, exceedingly quaint Arrowtown sprang up in the 1860s following the discovery of gold in the Arrow River. Today the town retains more than 60 of its original wooden and stone buildings, and has pretty, tree-lined avenues, excellent galleries and an expanding array of fashionable shopping opportunities.

The only gold being flaunted these days is on credit cards, and surrounded by a bonanza of daytime tourists, you might grow wary of the quaint historical ambience. Instead take advantage of improved public transport to stay in the town, and use it as a base for exploring Queenstown and the wider region. That way you can enjoy Arrowtown’s history, charm and excellent restaurants when the tour buses have de-camped back to Queenstown.

Arrowtown has NZ’s best example of a gold-era Chinese settlement. Interpretive signs explain the lives of Chinese ‘diggers’ during and after the gold rush, while restored huts and shops make the story more tangible. Subjected to significant racism, the Chinese often had little choice but to rework old tailings rather than seek new claims.”

KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

I had high expectations for Queenstown, and almost zero for Arrowtown, and in the end, it was the time we spent in Arrowtown that was the most memorable. I could put the difference down to the weather, sunny in Arrowtown, stormy in Queenstown, but that would be too simplistic.

We enjoyed the historic buildings along the main street in Arrowtown, the walk along the river was delightful and refreshing, we had a great meal on the outdoor patio at the Fork and Tap, but the true surprise was the Chinese Settlement. After all the discrimination and neglect that was visited upon the Chinese immigrants during the past, it was terrific to see how they were honoured there.

We enjoyed our stay at the Kinross Winery at nearby Gibbston, but had we booked known to book accommodation in Arrowtown in advance, we would have had more time to do some hiking around the little town. Apparently there is an easy hike that takes visitors up high above the valley, and the views are very rewarding.

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