Arrowtown is now officially NZ's most beautiful small town - again

Nov 10, 2023

Arrowtown swept up multiple awards last night at the prestigious Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards, at Parliament House in Wellington.

Arrowtown won the coveted title of “Most Beautiful Small Town" triumphing over its competitor, Tūrangi.  This achievement follows Arrowtown's success in the same category in 2020.  The judges were particularly impressed with the vast improvement in environmental improvement and sustainability initiatives the town had implemented over the last three years.

In addition to this recognition, Arrowtown’s Buckingham Street was declared “Best Street”, sponsored by Resene, winning against Beach Road in Akaroa and Gladstone Road in Gisborne.

Across the strait APBA was also finalist for “Best Not For Profit Community Event over 3000 people.”  in the New Zealand Event Awards (NZEA) annual ceremony, which took place at the Te Pae Convention Centre in Christchurch on the same evening.  APBA’s Matariki Arrowtown Lights event was finalist alongside several strong contenders and whilst not picking up the win, it was a huge achievement to be nominated.  NZEA is a distinguished event that recognizes the nation's top fixtures and event professionals, celebrating excellence in the industry.

In Wellington the Keep New Zealand Beautiful's Most Beautiful Towns and Cities awards, a tradition dating back to 1972, shined a spotlight on urban areas across the country that have demonstrated exceptional dedication to enhancing their environment.

Nicky Busst, Manager of APBA expressed her pride in Arrowtown's accomplishments. She stated, "Arrowtown is not just a picturesque town; it is a community dedicated to preserving the natural beauty that surrounds us. Winning the 'Most Beautiful Small Town' award in 2020 and now again in 2023 is testimony to our business and resident communities’ commitment to sustainability and environmental excellence remains unwavering, we’re beyond thrilled."

Main Image: Nicky Busst collecting the two major awards for Arrowtown in Wellington.

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