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Macetown: Gold Heritage 4WD Tour

Activity provider: Outback New Zealand Ltd

Macetown: Gold Heritage 4WD Tour

Activity provider: Outback New Zealand Ltd

From US$ 231.31 per person

Embark on a 4x4 off-road adventure to the historic gold-mining town of Macetown, now a heritage reserve. Experience precipitous drops, deep fords, and boulder-strewn tracks as you visit numerous historic sites.

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Duration 4.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup from central Queenstown accommodations is included. Surrounding suburbs (Kelvin Heights, Frankton, Arthur's Point, Fernhill and others) by arrangement. Please contact to reconfirm pick up arrangement and time.
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Experience a true off-road adventure with over 25 river crossings
  • Explore the remains of the historic gold-mining settlement of Macetown
  • Learn how to pan for gold in the Arrow River
  • Visit numerous heritage sites including Smith's Bakehouse and Anderson's Battery
  • See the filming location for the Ford of Bruinen in Lord of the Rings
Full description
Embark on a true 4×4 off-road adventure that explores the historic gold mining town of Macetown. Ride the rugged road in the safety of a 4×4 that ensures excitement and adventure. Immerse yourself in the history of this precious region by panning for gold as your knowledgeable guides explain the hardship and exhilaration these miners faced. Depart from Queenstown and head towards Arrowtown. See the historic Chinese Settlers Village and the filming location of the Ford of Bruinen in the Lord of the Rings. Continue on towards Macetown and cross the Arrow River some 25 times before reaching Macetown. On the Macetown track, pass through Soho Creek and Britannia Terrace. Upon arrival in Macetown, visit the heritage site of Smith’s Bakehouse, which has recently been restored by the Department of Conservation. Explore the gold mining settlement and learn the history of Needham’s Cottage. Not far beyond Macetown is Anderson’s Battery, the only stamping battery with an iron frame in Otago. Then, make your way back to Arrowtown along the Macetown Track. Try your hand at gold panning on the Arrow River and get a sense of the excitement that drew many people to this area in search of their fortune.
  • Gold panning session
  • Refreshments
  • Pickup from Town Center or Queenstown accommodation
  • Lunch

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Minimum numbers apply (minimum of 2 people per tour for confirmed departure, or 4 people on public holidays)
  • There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements - in the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative date or full refund

Product ID: 171399