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Welcome tangueros to the second ‘Autumn Tango in Arrowtown’ festival New Zealand

With a theme of autumn colours TANGO LIBRE of Tasman/Nelson is presenting 'Autumn Tango in Arrowtown' a Tango Festival in Central Otago, New Zealand, at the end of April.

The 2nd annual 'AUTUMN TANGO IN ARROWTOWN'  starts on the evening of Friday 28 April and ends on Sunday 30 April 2023, in this splendid autumn New Zealand town Arrowtown.

When you think about autumn in New Zealand, you think about Arrowtown. A charming and quirky town, a delightful gold rush village nestled beside the sparkling Arrow River and below magnificent peaks. In this historic mining town there’s not just the glint of gold in the river, there’s a dazzling display of gold in the leaves as the trees put on a show that’s unsurpassed in this country. A delightful autumn place to hold an Autumn Tango Festival with a theme of wonderful autumn colours.

Autumn colours in the Chinese gold mining settlement Arrowtown NZ photo R Therkleson

Autumn Colours in Buckingham Street Arrowtown. Photo R Therkleson

The festival for two years now has been organised and produced by Mrs Anne-Maree Therkleson, Tango teacher and festival organiser of Tango Libre in Tasman/Nelson.

Anne-Maree says “It’s less than a couple of weeks to go and tangueros are getting excited about dancing again in this beautiful Arrowtown location. Thank you to all those who have already registered, but please register now.”

Anne-Maree Therkleson and her new husband Stevan Polder

“We have just added another Milonga before the Festival begins. Indeed, even more chance to dance, let’s gather together in Frankton on the Thursday night and join a special milonga hosted by the Queenstown Tangueros.”

Thursday 27 April
Te Atamira, Dart House
12 Hawthorne Drive, Frankton, Queenstown
7.30 - 10.30, $15 pp

Tangueros going to the 'Autumn Tango Festival' now have the opportunity of five Milongas to attend, one hosted by Queenstown tangueros and four in the 'Autumn Tango' festival itself.

The festival is mainly held in the Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall built in the 1870’s. You’ll be enchanted by its location within the heritage main street. One Milonga  is held at the special Lake Hayes.

The heritage Main Street Buckingham Street Arrowtown.The Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall where the festival is held is half way down this street.  Photo R Therkleson

One Milonga is held in a wonderful new hall over looking Lake Hayes in full autumn colours. Photo R Therkleson

Anne-Maree said “Registrations are still open. Followers please check that your partner hasn’t already registered with someone else!  Single leaders you can just go ahead and register if you don’t have a partner - don’t worry - I have one for you!”

Check out the website for details and to register for the festival at: 

But there’s more to do in Arrowtown than tango. You can gaze in awe at the many colours of the leaves whilst being enchanted by the heritage main street and the beautiful walking trails. It's a New Zealand treasure!

Have brunch at the many cafes in Arrowtown while looking at the wonderful colours of nature. Photo R Therkleson

Take in the historical beauty of the old gold miners cottages Arrowtown in autumn. Photo R Therkleson

Arrowtown is the perfect place to stay while you're exploring the region. Queenstown is just a few minutes down the road. 

Queenstown Central Otago. Photo R Therkleson

Before the 'Autumn Tango Festival' the 'Arrowtown Autumn Festival' is on from the 20 - 25 April. An action packed 6 days of events for everyone. Now in its 37th year, the festival attracts large numbers of locals and visitors to the beautiful town during one of the most colourful times of year. Check out the website below for more details and the festival programme. 

Part of the Arrowtown Autumn festival. Arrowtown media photo

Explore the Arrowtown Historical Chinese Settlement, among the autumn trees, to see the early Chinese gold miners homes. When the returns from gold mining declined, many Chinese turned to garden produce for their income. Potatoes, corn, cabbage, peas, gooseberries and strawberries were among the most commonly grown crops in Central Otago.

Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and the story of a remarkable people.

From the late 1860s to the 1880s this was one of many camps and settlements established by Chinese gold seekers in Otago-Southland. By the turn of the century, however, most had been abandoned; their simple dwellings left to decay. Today the restored remains of Arrowtown's Chinese settlement offers a rare glimpse into the life and times of New Zealand's first Chinese immigrants. Photo R Therkleson

The interesting door handle to the above Chinese gold diggers hut lasts to this day. Photo R Therkleson

Anne-Maree finally said “start your holiday with the 'Arrowtown Autumn Festival' then stay on and dance all weekend amongst the splendid autumnal colours and explore the historical features of Arrowtown and the beautiful region of Central Otago! Warmly and in great anticipation of another amazing festival, see you all soon!”


Further photos:

The Arrow River autumn colours Arrowtown. Arrowtown media photo

Arrowtown in the evening. Photo R Therkleson

Buckingham Street Arrowtown in about 1870s Photo Arrowtown media

Buckingham Street Arrowtown in 1900 Photo Arrowtown media

An aerial view of Arrowtown.  Arrowtown media photo

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