Macetown

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. Experience the narrow, rugged road in the safety of a Nomad Safaris 4WD vehicle, crossing the Arrow River some 25 times each way. Immerse yourself in the history of this fascinating region by panning for gold while our knowledgeable guides describe the hardship and exhilaration these miners faced.

The Macetown 4WD tour departs from Queenstown heading out via the picturesque town of Arrowtown. Pass the historic Chinese Settlers Village and the filming location of the “Ford of Bruinen” in the Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring.

Once in Macetown explore the remains of the township including a restored bakery, stone cottage and the only stamping battery with an iron frame in Otago.

Make your way back to Arrowtown along the Macetown Track. Try your hand at gold panning in the Arrow River as our guides teach you the techniques to pan for gold and feel the excitement that drew many people to this area during the gold rush of the 1800s.

Prices valid from 01/10/16 to 30/09/17

4 PAX MAX Includes:

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Departs: 8am and 1.30pm
Duration: 4hrs return 
Bring: Water, a camera and a sense of adventure! Dress appropriately for outdoor adventures in the mountains.

A maximum of 4 passengers. Forward facing seats and that little extra leg room!

View more images of Macetown here.

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