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Scarecrow Competition

People are out and about creating amazing scarecrows all around town. Take a look at the photos and see if you can work out where they are. There is still time to create an entry so go and check out what's lying around your garage. Happy scarecrow…

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…
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…

The Street Parade

With a backdrop of historic buildings, heritage trees and blue sky, the focus of the festival has always been the parade - which , with its many aspects highlights the popularity of the week's entertainment. Each year increasing numbers of visitors…
The Arrowtown Buckingham Belles

Buckingham Belles

Colourful memories of Marilyn Everett At the 1987 festival I was asked as president of the Arrowtown Pre School to put together a group of girl to serve super at the Ball and Hop. For the Ball we went dressed in black and white as servient…