Arrowtown - A place born of gold

Arrowtown, born of gold in 1862, was once a thriving gold mining town.  Jack Tewa first discovered gold in 1862 in the Arrow River and soon after  miners flocked to town to discover their own riches. The population swelled to over 7000 as…

Arrowtown's Trees

One thing that struck the early miners and settlers to Arrowtown was the barren landscape, devoid of trees. Many of these early townspeople had come from countries like England and Ireland where trees were a dominant part of the landscape. It…

Vintage Cars

As the Arrowtown festival began to form it was decided as part of the now famous street parade to include some of the vehicles that had been preserved in the district. As the festival grew so did the interest from the local branch of the vintage…

Get Involved!

The Arrowtown Autumn Festival is a community run festival and we could not hold the festival without the help of our many volunteers. Over the  festival we need volunteers to assist in a variety of areas - you'll get to meet lots of new people,…
Arrowtown Miners Band

Arrow Miners Band

The Miner's Band would have to be New Zealand's most mature band, with a combined age of 655. Started in 1985, the band was originally called the Arrow Bush Creek Miners Festival Band. This later changed to Arrow Miners Band. The first band…
Lunchtime Entertainment at the Arrowtown Autumn Festival

Lunchtime Entertainment

A long held tradition over the lunchtimes has been the entertainment. It has always been a free event and guaranteed to keep both locals and visitors entertained. Every year the local school and preschool children put on an act and they are…