Gold Heritage: Macetown

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

Queenstown, New Zealand
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NZD $260
ValueNZD $2755% OFF
Child: NZD $170
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  • Gold pan in the Arrow River
  • Visit a Department of Conservation Heritage Site
  • True off road experience with over 25 river crossings!

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Bring water, a camera, and a sense of adventure!


A true 4x4 off road adventure which explores the historic gold mining town of Macetown. Long since abandoned after the gold rush Macetown has now been transformed into a Department of Conservation reserve. Ride the rugged road in the safety of our 4x4 that ensures excitement and adventure crossing the Arrow River some 25 times each way. Immerse yourself in the history of this precious region by panning for gold and letting our knowledgeable guides teach you about the hardship and exhilaration these miners faced.

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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.


The Macetown road is the domain of the 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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Cancellation Policy: Full refund on Outback NZ products with more than 24hrs notice, NO REFUND for cancellations made within 24hrs of departure. NO REFUND for no shows or missed departures. OTHER OPERATORS will have their own cancellation policy (please ask for details if not stated above). All operators retain the right to cancel services due to weather or other concerns; in which case the customer will receive a full refund.

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Nomad Safaris
37 Shotover St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand


NZD $260
ValueNZD $2755% OFF
Child: NZD $170
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