I also love the history. A gold-mining center (similar to Skipper's #731 and Cardrona #696, both in the area) from the early 1860s until the gold rush moved to the West Coast (after which many Chinese miners arrived), and the lines of pretty trees were planted in 1867. It really only has one main street, Buckingham Street, a single lane, one way road, nowadays full of cars parked, and it is flanked by (mostly replaced) old stores and cottages dating from this time. The one story buildings and old stone constructions are wild west and very timely. At its highest it had 7000 people, but it dropped as low as 200 in the 1960s; now it maintains around 2100 permanent residents.
Don't forget to have an icecream while shopping on Buckingham Street - it's a tradition!
|Old Buckingham Steet from www.arrowtown.com|
Source: http://www.arrowtown.com/ This site has a great Buckingham Street panorama.