As the gold rush died down during the early part of this century, Arrowtown survived as a base for the surrounding farming community which established in the area when many of the permanent settlers gave up mining and turned their hand to farming. In more recent times, Arrowtown has become an attraction as a living historic town and remains a popular holiday destination renowned for its scenic beauty.

Today Arrowtown boasts a permanent population of around 2,200 people and serves as a satellite town to Queenstown. Strict town planning and historic protection orders have been established such that the originality of the buildings are retained and that new buildings are constructed in a sympathetic manner.

The Avenue of mature Sycamore and Oak trees which were planted in 1867 and today are synonymous with the image of Arrowtown, provide a living link with Arrowtown’s colourful past