Eat streets

Strik­ing gold on Ar­row­town’s Buck­ing­ham Street

Taste - - Contents - STORY Nick Rus­sell IL­LUS­TRA­TIONS Mike Wat­son

In a new se­ries, Taste will be tak­ing a stroll down some of this coun­try’s finest streets for din­ing. We start by strik­ing gold on Ar­row­town’s Buck­ing­ham Street

Ar­row­town was founded dur­ing the 1860s as the Cen­tral Otago Gold Rush took hold, caus­ing mi­grants to flood into the area hop­ing to strike it rich. Nowa­days the town is play­ing a ma­jor part in the South Is­land’s tourism boom by draw­ing co­pi­ous vis­i­tors to its re­stored pe­riod ar­chi­tec­ture, tree-lined streets and his­tor­i­cal Chi­nese set­tle­ment. To cater to the hordes of selfie-stick-clutch­ing sight­seers, the town has im­proved its quan­tity and qual­ity of eater­ies, with pretty Buck­ing­ham Street host­ing the lion’s share. We start our stroll at the north­ern end of the street near the Ar­row River where gold was first dis­cov­ered in 1862.

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