One of our many motivations to travel to New Zealand was to know the scenarios where the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogy was filmed, we love it, that’s why we included Arrowtown in our route since one of the most emblematic scenes of the saga was filmed there, more specifically the one where Arwen flees from the Nazgûls taking with him a dying Frodo. This small town is located in the middle of an ancient glacial valley, just 20 kilometers from Queenstown.
A little history of Arrowtown
Not everything about this place is related to the movies, Arrowtown was an important mining town in the 1860s and more than 9000 people eager to find gold from all over the world came to this site.
Its history dates back to the year 1862 when a Maori shearer named Jack Tewa found gold in the Arrow River, that led to the call effect and more than 1500 people from all over the country moved to Arrowtown. The poor shepherd was left without the honors of the discovery since an Irish hornet known as William Fox took credit for the great find, such was the fame that the man acquired that they even named Fox’s the first “project” of a city that was founded on the banks of the river.
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