Striking gold on Arrowtown’s Buckingham Street
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.