Otatara riders Brent Pierce (left) on Blackjack and his
wife Suzi on Paikea familiarise themselves with the Arrow
River yesterday afternoon. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
The Arrow River bed will provide the stage and the
mountains the backdrop as more than 120 people, horses and
wagons transport the watching public to 1862, re-enacting the
discovery of gold which heralded the beginning of the gold
Arrowtown 150 co-ordinator Julie Hughes said it had been 25
years since the last re-enactment on the river bank.
Anyone wishing to witness the hour-long event, beginning at
1.45pm, should access the "stage" via the Arrowtown Skate
Park stairs which would lead to a temporary bridge across
Seating would be provided and reserved for the elderly -
others were asked to bring their own chairs or blankets to
Following the re-enactment, a procession, led by the New
Zealand Army Band would lead the actors and public to
Butler's Green for the official opening of the Gold 150
celebrations and the start of the "Chinese celebration".
Present would be Chinese Consul-general Madam Xiutian Tan,
Vice-consul-general Madam Yanli Chu, Consul Madam Xiaoyan
Chen and Vice-consul Baoming (Jimmy) Xie.
"There will be our welcome to our special Chinese guests,
with a lion dance ... and dragon dance.
Immediately after the opening, the dancers would lead the
crowd to the Chinese Village, where a promenade theatre would
bring the village and its "residents" to life.