Learn about the gold, timber, coal, Maori and aviation history of the West Coast at the many heritage sites on the West Coast.
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.
Station, locomotive shed and (in town) a Fairlie locomotive.
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.
The top of NZ’s deepest mine shaft (879 metres).
Moonlight Heritage Sites
Hydraulic sluicing ‘monitors’ mark the Moonlight Road turn-off.
Passes tailing walls, hut sites, water race and battery.