Historic Arrowtown

For Teachers - Resources

Virtual Tour

Teachers - take a virtual tour of the museum before you visit to prepare your learning objectives and set the scene for your class' upcoming experience.

Or use the virtual tour as a post-visit resource to reflect on your experience and draw out extra learning points.


  • Anderson, A. When All The Moa-Ovens Grow Cold. Dunedin: Otago Heritage Books, 1985.#
  • Mahalski, Bruce. Pounamu: A Stone of Many Uses. Wellington: Gilt Edge Publishing, 2005.#
  • Orbell, M. The Natural World of the Maori. David Bateman Press, 1996.
  • Ki Uta Ki Tai: Southern Maori in the Lakes District. Arrowtown: Lakes District Museum, 1999.*
  • Maori Place-Names in the Lakes District: Wakatipu, Wanaka and Hawea. Arrowtown: Lakes District Museum, 1999.*


  • Brooking, Tom. Milestones: Turning Points in New Zealand History. Palmerston North, New Zealand: Dunmore Press, 1999. Chapter 8.
  • Eldred-Grigg, Stevan. Diggers, Hatters and Whores. New Zealand: Random House, 2008.*#
  • Gilkinson, Robert. Early Days in Central Otago. Christchurch: Whitcombe and Tombs, 1958.#
  • Glasson, H.A. The Golden Cobweb: A Saga of the Otago Goldfields, 1861 -1864. Dunedin: Otago Daily Times, 1959.#
  • Hall - Jones, John. Goldfields of Otago: An Illustrated History. Invercargill: Craigs, 2005.*#
  • Larson, Michael. Kiwi Gold: A Practical Guide to Finding Gold in New Zealand. Auckland; Penguin Books, 2007.*
  • Lawson, K. Gold. Wellington: Department of Education - Bulletin for Schools. G.P. Serial no. 46, 1968.#
  • McLintock, A.H. The History of Otago: The Origins and Growth of a Wakefield Class Settlement. Christchurch: Capper Press, 1975.#
  • Mahalski, Bruce. New Zealand's Golden Days. Wellington: Gilt Edge Publishing, 2005.#
  • Miller, F.W.G. Golden Days of Lake Country. Christchurch: Whitcombe and Tombs, 1973.#
  • Pyke, Vincent. History of Early Gold Discoveries in Otago. Dunedin: Otago Daily Times, 1887.#
  • Salmon, J.H.M. A History of Gold Mining in New Zealand. Christchurch, Cadsonbury Publications, 1996.#
  • Ryan, A.B. Gold Discoveries in New Zealand.


  • Illustrious Energy. Movie, released 1988. Director Leon Narby.
  • The Arrowtown Chinese Settlement: Otago Goldfields Park. Dunedin: Department of Conservation, 1990.*
  • Butler, Peter. Opium and Gold. Martinbourgh, N.Z.: A Taylor, 1977.#
  • Campbell, Gordon. 'Following the Gold'. School Journal. Part 4, no. 2 (2003): pg 10 - 13.
  • Ng, Eva. 'Righting the Wrongs - Poll Tax in New Zealand'. School Journal. Part 4, no. 2 (2003): page 22 - 27.
  • Ng, James (Dr.). Choie Sew Hoy. Arrowtown: Lakes District Museum, 1998.*
  • Ng, James (Dr.). Windows on a Chinese Past Vols 1 - 4.

Local History

  • Macetown and the Arrow Gorge: Otago Goldfields Park. Dunedin: Department of Conservation, 2006.*
  • Bradshaw, Julia. Arrowtown, History and Walks. Dunedin: University of Otago Press, 2001.*
  • Bradshaw, Julia and Michelle Ruddenklau. Always Plenty to Do: Women in the Wakatipu, 1860 - 1920. Arrowtown: Lakes District Museum, 1999.*
  • De La Mare, Alan J. Arrowtown: Born of Gold in 1862. Arrowtown: Lakes District Museum, 2006.*
  • De La Mare, Alan J. Early Queenstown - A Brief History. Arrowtown: Lakes District Museum, 1996.*
  • De La Mare, Alan J. Mining Pipe Dreams of teh Wakatipu. Arrowtown: Lakes District Museum, 2006.*
  • Duncan, Alfred. The Wakatipians. Arrowtown: Lakes District Centennial Museum, 1964.*

Videos for you and your students to watch

From NZonScreen

Flare - A Ski Trip (1977)     


Wakatipu - The Long Lake (1954)

Shadows of Shoah

  • www.shadowsofshoah.com
  • www.holocaustcentre.org.nz
  • www.aucklandmuseum.com
  • www.nzchmemorial.com
  • The Diary of a Young Girl written by Anne Frank.
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas written by John Boyne.
  • The Book Thief - film
  • The Holocaust: A Teenager's Experience - film

* available for sale at the Lakes District Museum Bookshop

# available from National Library