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Greymouth to Hokitika: West Coast Road Trip


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Ross visitor centre wall mural complete with bike racks for West Coast Wilderness Trail participants Ross visitor centre wall mural complete with bike racks for West Coast Wilderness Trail participants

Pretty attractive Ross is an ideal choice for heritage fans with family. There are gold mining relics throughout the town precinct from a water cannon for sluicing hillsides to a poppet next to the heritage cottage. The town has mature trees creating a foliage delight in autumn and spring. Ross is an ideal location for exploring nearby Lake Mahinapua and Treetops Walk.

Ross Visitor Centre, former bank


  • Visitor Centre located in former bank building, try your luck at gold panning or purchase a locally crafted gift
  • Explore nearby West Coast Wilderness trail
  • Walk Ross’s heritage precinct including Old Ross Jail and St Patrick’s Catholic Church
  • Spend time imaging life in the restored miner’s cottage
  • Kayak on the local rivers

Try your hand at gold fossicking at the nearby Jones Flat creek. Pans and equipment can be hired from the local visitor centre


Department of Conservation has an excellent online resource describing three top walks Ross Historic Goldfields walks: Ross area, West Coast region

The short, steep climb to the cemetery and waterway walk is rewarding with views, on a clear day to the Tasman Sea. You will pass a miner’s hut, dams, tunnels and abandoned relics. The cemetery headstones narrate the story of a harsh life.

Ross Water Race Walkway

Time: 1 hr loop walk

This walk is a great option for kids – with tunnels and other gold mining relics there is plenty to keep them interested.

Ross selfie location, West Coast
Ross, poppet adjacent to heritage cottage, West Coast

Ross Historic Cemetery

Time: 10 min one way

Starting from the top end of St James Street; this short walk, which is also part of the Ross Water Race Walkway, zig-zags steeply uphill for a few minutes before entering the historic cemetery. Here you will find many interesting headstones which portray the harshness of life in the early mining days.

To read more check out What’s so great about Ross

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