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BACK IN THE DAY WITH LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM

Queenstown Lakes District Holidaymakers Through The Ages – the Late Victorians In this edition we’re beginning a look back in time at holidaymakers through the different eras of tourism locally. Adventurous tourists have been visiting the Wakatipu and the Queenstown Lakes District since the very early days of settlement. McKay’s…

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BACK IN THE DAY WITH LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM

A glimpse at skiing in the old days… with Ray Clarkson When Ray Clarkson passed away in October 2016 he left his lifelong collection of skis to the Lakes District Museum. Ray was born in Cromwell in 1929, was a teacher and Director of Education in Invercargill, and lived for…

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BACK IN THE DAY WITH LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM

Ice Skating and Arrowtown ‘The town was slowly going to sleep…’ By the early 1950s, after two world wars had taken many of Arrowtown’s young men and many others were moving away to find work in the cities, the population of Arrowtown dwindled to below 200 residents and half of…

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BACK IN THE DAY WITH LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM

By 1926 following the turmoil of WWI, New Zealand entered the beginnings of the Great Depression. This worldwide economic ‘slump’ peaked in the early 1930’s and while it bought with it, high unemployment, low incomes and a lack of security, at the same time the Wakatipu developed a strong sense…

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BACK IN THE DAY WITH LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM

Can you help give our history a future? The museum’s 1875 BNZ building and stables need earthquake strengthening. As the only museum in the Queenstown Lakes District, we have been dedicated to archiving, curating and exhibiting our district’s treasures and stories since 1948. We have educated generations of students through…

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BACK IN THE DAY WITH LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM

COOTS: Central Otago Outside the Square is back with another high-calibre exhibition of amazing fibre art. ‘Visions’ opens at the Lakes District Museum & Gallery in Arrowtown on March 6 and runs for a month until April 5. COOTS is a collective of fibre artists from around Central Otago and…

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BACK IN THE DAY WITH LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM

The Wakatipu Basin has long been a favourite summer camping holiday haven for families from all over. Back in the day in the 1950’s and 60’s, the basin had three camping grounds – Queenstown Camping Ground, the Frankton Motor Camp, both still operating, and the Kawarau Falls Camping Ground, on…

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BACK IN THE DAY WITH LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM

History has come alive at the Lakes District Museum with heaps of fun for visiting and local families during the summer holiday season. It’s no ordinary museum with a strong hands-on focus, presenting an authentic picture of early Maori life and the harsh pioneering days of the early European settlers…

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BRINGING POLICE HISTORY BACK TO LIFE

BRINGING POLICE HISTORYBACK TO LIFE The lovingly-restored Arrowtown Police Hut, built in 1863, was officially opened on Butler’s Green in Arrowtown last month (November) to display information panels depicting the history of the QE II National Trust Mahu Whenua high country open space covenant land behind. The land includes a…

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Back in the Day in Queenstown
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BACK IN THE DAY WITH LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM

Tucked away beneath the Lakes District Museum, Arrowtown’s rich goldfields heritage is brought to life in an authentic throwback to the goldmining days. ‘Streetscape’ incorporates two floors in and around historic stables, the original stables used for customers at the old BNZ Bank building in Arrowtown, which encompasses the front…

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