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Heritage Tours

Explore Central Otago’s heritage sites and experience historic landmarks, heritage precincts and beautifully preserved historic buildings.  Step back in time and explore the history and heritage of Central Otago.

Bannockburn Sluicings Walk, Central Otago

Cromwell Heritage Precinct and Bannockburn Sluicing's Tour

Visit the Bannockburn Sluicing's and explore the former goldfield and remains of the Stewart Town.  Enjoy a 3.5km walk and you are sure to see remains of dams, water races, tunnels and towering cliff faces - all that is left of hills that have been sluiced away to find the precious gold. Enjoy lunch at a local award winning restaurant. After lunch you will visit the Cromwell Heritage Precinct.  Step back in time to the gold rush and explore heritage buildings, many with artisan businesses in them, located on the shore of beautiful Lake Dunstan.

The Blue Lake at St Bathans, Central Otago

St Bathans and Ophir Tour

Ophir is steeped in gold mining history and rich in charm.  Located on the eastern banks of the Manuherikia River, Ophir was founded in 1863.  It grew to become the biggest town in the Manuherikia Valley during the gold rush days.  Today, the small town is rich in historical buildings, including New Zealand’s oldest post office.

You will also visit St Bathans, where you can enjoy a walk around the spectacular Blue Lake.  The walk is an easy

2 km, along the spectacular cliffs and sluiced areas with iron remnants still scattered around. 

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