Gold Heritage: Macetown 4WD Adventure

Follow the miners’ old wagon trail on this 4WD day trip and explore the historic gold mining town of Macetown.

Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration
4 hrs 30 min
Start time
8:00 am or 1:30 pm
Group size
6
Pick up & Drop off
Included
Fitness level
Low
Meals
Included
NZD $295
Child: NZD $195
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Highlights

  • Exciting 4WD off road experience with over 25 river crossings
  • Explore the remains of Macetown township
  • Visit the Chinese Settlers Village and the filming location of the Ford of Bruinen in the Lord of the Rings.
  • Gold pan in the Arrow River
  • Learn about Macetown history at Smith’s Bakehouse and Anderson’s Battery

What's excluded

  • Bring drinking water and a camera!

Why do we love this

"We love it because Nomad Safaris have created something different with this trip. It's a fast paced adventure that's a whole lot more exciting than most heritage tours. We think the combination of historical Macetown and an incredible 4WD road trip is a pretty awesome idea!"

WHAT TO EXPECT

This is an action packed 4WD trip that combines an exciting drive with all the best of Macetown's history

You'll start from Queenstown and head out on your adventure towards Arrowtown. Once you arrive you'll be shown the historic Chinese Settlers Village and the filming location of the Ford of Bruinen in the Lord of the Rings!

Continuing on to Macetown, you'll experience the first of 25 river crossings over the Arrow River! When you eventually hit the the Macetown track, you'll be passing through Soho Creek and Britannia Terrace where you'll see famous landmarks and hear stories about the history of the area! 

Arriving in Macetown, you'll have the chance to visit the recently restored heritage site of Smith’s Bakehouse. You'll also be able to explore the gold mining settlement and learn about the history of Needham’s Cottage.

Your historical adventure continues with a visit Anderson’s Battery - the only stamping battery with an iron frame in Otago

Afterwards, it's time to head back to the Arrow River to try a spot of gold panning! Immerse yourself in the history and excitement of the area and Nomad's guides give you tips and trick to find some gold! 

Throughout your journey, you'll also have the chance to enjoy a true off road experience as Noma'ds guides navigate the rocky landscapes and winding roads in expert fashion. Strap yourselves in for the trip of a lifetime!

Tours leave at 8:00 am and 1:30 pm and take approximately 4.5 hours

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These trips journey into the past along high and narrow roads hacked into the sheer cliffs and visit abandoned gold mining towns that were once bustling with miners. You have the chance to explore renovated buildings and old mining equipment.

Up to 50 crossings of the Arrow River ensures the journey to Macetown is a true off-road experience.

You will stop at a suitable place on the river where, before giving you your own gold pan, the driver will demonstrate the techniques used by the early prospectors.  Small flakes of gold can still be found.

On the Macetown road we use a Land Rover Defender.

Not a lot of walking is required.  Some of it may be on uneven ground but it is not necessary to get out of the vehicle

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Terms & Conditions:

Refunds
Bookings cancelled more than 24 hours before the trip will incur no cancellation fee.
Bookings cancelled within 24 hours of departure will be subject to a 100% cancellation fee.
Customers who do not turn up for a departure will not be entitled to any refund. You will be invoiced for the full amount of the booking.
Refunds will only be issued through the original booking office.
 

Lost Property
No responsibility is accepted for loss or damage to client’s personal property whilst on any trip.

Limitation of Liability
Outback New Zealand Limited accepts no liability for any act or omission arising from a tour (including any arising from a tour not taking place) and the passenger releases, waives and holds harmless Outback New Zealand Limited, its officers and/or its employees from all claims, losses, damages or expenses which arise during or in conjunction with a tour provided by Outback New Zealand Limited. This includes any claims for damage caused by the negligence of Outback New Zealand Limited, its officers and/or its employees, and includes any claim for any costs including legal fees that may be incurred as a result of any such claims, losses, damages or expenses whether valid or not.
Outback New Zealand Limited does not accept any liability for the acts, omissions, or default whether negligent or otherwise of those companies or other persons providing services in connection with a tour by Outback New Zealand Limited.
Without limiting the above, Outback New Zealand Limited shall be under no obligation or liability to any person as a result of any inaccuracy, misdescription or changes to any tour made by Outback New Zealand Limited or any other party.
 

Minimum Numbers 
Minimum numbers of 2 passengers are required to confirm all trips. On NZ statutory holidays, minimum numbers of 4 pax apply to all trips.
Outback New Zealand Ltd reserves the right to suggest other dates if a single person is the only person travelling on the day.

Acts of God, weather and sickness 
Outback New Zealand Limited has no liability for losses or additional expenses incurred by passengers due to sickness, weather, strikes, delays or changes in air or other transport services, force majeure, Act of God, or other causes outside the control of Outback New Zealand Limited.


Cancellation Policy:

  • Outback New Zealand Limited reserves the absolute right to cancel any scheduled departures as a result of road or weather conditions

  • Outback New Zealand Limited reserves the absolute right to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of a tour

  • Clients will be advised as soon as possible of any cancellation or part cancellation (and will be entitled to a full refund or refund of that part of the trip that has been unable to be completed

  • Bookings cancelled more than 24 hours before the trip will incur no cancellation fee
  • Bookings cancelled within 24 hours of departure will be subject to a 100% cancellation fee


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