History & heritage

Heritage & History - Reefton Gold

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Learn about the gold, timber, coal, Maori and aviation history of the West Coast at the many heritage sites on the West Coast.

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Reefton Heritage Sites

Reefton Visitor Centre

Features a mine engine and realistic ‘underground’ section.

Historic town walk

Passes buildings dating from the town’s earliest days, including the School of Mines.

Power House Walk

Recalls NZ’s first public electricity supply of 1888.

Railway Precinct

Station, locomotive shed and (in town) a Fairlie locomotive.

Cemeteries

In town and 3km south, graves of prospectors and miners. 

Alborns Coal Mine

A track around remains of a small coal mining operation.

Big River Heritage Sites

Gold Mine, battery, sawmill and coal mines

A remarkable historic complex, accessible via walking tracks.

Blacks Point Heritage Sites

Blacks Point Museum

Much mining and domestic memorabilia. (Please make a donation.)

Murray Creek - Lankey Creek tracks

Link the reef mines that gave rise to Reefton.

Golden lead walks

Along a water race with a longer option to a battery.

Blackwater Heritage Sites

A Tiny School

Marks a settlement with gold rush roots. (Donation please.)

Waiuta Heritage Sites

Waiuta town and mine 

Relics of the Coast’s last great gold strike.

Battery and powerhouse

Foundations linked via a raceman’s track.

Prohibition Hill

The top of NZ’s deepest mine shaft (879 metres).

Moonlight Heritage Sites

Sluice guns

Hydraulic sluicing ‘monitors’ mark the Moonlight Road turn-off.

Moonlight track

Passes tailing walls, hut sites, water race and battery.

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Reefton, Gold, West Coast, New Zealand
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