A trip to Central Otago is not complete without a visit to the historic gold fields. Back in the 19th century Central Otago was home to a major gold rush with speculators travelling from as far as China to try their luck.
Fortunes were both won and lost before the profession no longer became economically viable, however there is still plenty of evidence of this busy activity at the historic locations of Kawarau Gorge, the Bannockburn settlement and Arrowtown’s Chinese Settlement to name but a few.
When visiting these areas why not hire a pan and try your own hand prospecting. There is still gold to be found!