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Ross Goldfields Information & Heritage Centre

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Discover Gold Rush Relics and Pan for Gold!


9am-4pm Summer 9am-3pm Winter Closed Christmas day

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The Ross Goldfields Information & Heritage Centre is located at the southern end of Aylmer Street and is the one-stop spot for gold mining history and regional information.

You can hire or buy a gold pan and head up to the DOC fossicking area at Jones Creek, where gold was first discovered in 1865, and the odd flecks are still uncovered today.

Or, if time is short or the weather wet, you can pan undercover at the centre where your fortune could be uncovered.

Book ahead to ensure you can experience it all for yourself.

The centre boasts a small museum where a replica of NZ’s largest gold nugget The Hon Roddy resides. This was uncovered at Ross in 1909.

There is the Award-winning DVD “Ross Gold Town” which plays continuously, numerous models, artefacts, photographs and old newspaper articles.

There are also countless research documents available that relate to Ross’ extensive past, including mining and cemetery records.

  • Gold panning activities and suppliers of Local crafts
  • Enter a historic miners cottage.
  • Stroll through a 1800’s pioneer cemetery. An one hour historic gold trail walk.

View other heritage activities on the West Coast.


4 Aylmer Street, Ross 7812, West Coast, New Zealand

Ross is 25km south of Hokitika on State Highway 6 and only one and a half hours drive to the glaciers.

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