The Southern Alps and Fiordland Sights

Lakes District Museum

  • 49 Buckingham St. Map It
  • Arrowtown
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

Don't leave Arrowtown without dropping in to this small but very cleverly constructed museum. It gives a great insight into the history of the area, with artifacts of the gold-rush days, and even a whole streetscape underground, complete with Victorian schoolroom, bakery, and blacksmith. There's also an information center, small bookstore, and gallery. You can even rent a pan for NZ$3 and get gold-panning tips to try your luck in the nearby Arrow River. When your patience frays and your hands go icy, keep in mind that a hobby prospector found a 10 oz nugget in this very river in 2006. (He sold it on eBay for NZ$15,000.)

Sight Information

Address:

49 Buckingham St., Arrowtown, Otago, 9302, New Zealand

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Phone:

03-442–1824

Sight Details:

  • NZ$8

Published 08/30/2016

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