Crossing the Arrow River to get to Macetown. © Nomad Safaris

Take an off-road adventure to an abandoned gold-mining town


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Head off road to find the abandoned gold-mining town of Macetown.  

On a rugged 4WD safari tour you can explore the heritage of this unique historical site near Queenstown, rich with gold-mining relics.  

You’ll cross the Arrow River 25 times as you head deep into the tussock-clad high country on a long-since abandoned wagon trail. 

Macetown was first settled in the early 1860s after gold was discovered in the Arrow River, but as the precious metal dried up, the town slowly died and by the 1930s Macetown had become a ghost town. 

Today at Macetown you’ll find historic structures that have been restored including Andersons Battery, Needhams Cottage, Smiths Bakehouse and building remnants such as the old schoolroom and stone fences.

Explore the town’s heritage artefacts and try your luck panning for gold in the Arrow River.  



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