Lakes District Museum – Journey into gold-mining New Zealand

Located in the charming and historical town of Arrowton is perhaps the best introduction to the area’s iconic god rush history, which you will find at the Lakes District Museum. This unique cultural chronicle is situated in one of the most scenic areas of the country that has retained its pristine nature despite almost a century and a half of European settlement. In the meantime, if you’re searching for quality Queenstown hotel accommodation to your stay, consider the elegant suites featured at the Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview. Boasting a scenic location and luxury amenities, this New Zealand Queenstown hotel will provide a welcoming lodging experience. For an intriguing excursion into the area’s iconic gold-mining history, visit the Lakes District Museum that is appropriately set in the former gold hub of Arrowton. Here you will discover a hands-on and interactive introduction to gold mining, via an interesting array of exhibits that all aim to transport you to the heady days of the nineteenth century gold rush that spurred development in the area. It also provides a fascinating glimpse into the early period of Maori settlement in the country as well, with intriguing exhibits spanning two floors across three historic buildings, and the museum is now considered a leading cultural institution. There is also an art gallery, insightful archives and a bookstore located onsite where you can purchase a variety of gift cards, beautiful coffee table volumes featuring stunning photographs of the landscape and local culture, as well as a quirky souvenir offering. The museum also plays an important role in the preservation of the area’s cultural heritage and has been involved with a variety of restoration projects of the town. Aspiring gold miners can also try their luck in this valuable local enterprise. For NZD 3 and a $10 cover charge, you can rent a gold mining pan and spend the entire day panning the river for gold. Who knows; you might hit the jackpot!

Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.