Gold mining, the ghost towns, the settlements where once thousands lived are evocative places to visit with their relics and abandoned buildings. St Bathans delivers in spades on the historic artefacts plus it has a hotel that is continuing to
Flat land around the lake is at the southern end near its outflow to Hawea River. Hawea village is a popular resort today. Historically Wanaka and Hawea were natural pathways to the Haast Pass and West Coast pounamu (jade). The
Take the side roads, slow down on the unsealed gravel road and absorb the austere beautiful landscapes of Otago while finding where people once lived.
A town where welcomes are guaranteed. Visitors are appreciated for the effort turning up. Middlemarch with its gold mining heritage, artefacts, relics, drop dead goregous scenery and plenty of things to do and see is well worth the detour. The
Ghost cottages, relics and abandoned machinery echoes of the gold rush days of the 1800's make Cromwell a magical place to explore the gold mining fever heritage of Otago. The reborn heritage precinct is the place to start. Cafes,