Heritage tours



Heritage Tours
Gold Mine Tours

Paul Thomas & Ronnie Buckman

28 Broadway
PO Box 106
West Coast
New Zealand

03 732 8633
0274 424 777 

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Heritage tours through Reeftons golden past

There are better ways to spend a day, like spending a day in Reefton on the Wild West Coast of New Zealand. Ronnie and Paul invite you to call in and explore their backyard. From just $25 you can join them on exclusive tours through Reefton’s golden past to the present days Globe Gold Mine. 

  • Learn about the discovery of gold bearing quartz reefs.
  • Explore the historic buildings dating back to the 1870s.
  • Visit a 1860s style housing.
  • Learn how a miner lived in the 19th century.
  • Have a cup of billy tea with the Bearded Miners.
  • See an extensive collection of memorabilia.
  • Watch a working Stamper Battery in full swing – used to crush rock and extract gold.
  • Walk through beautiful beech forest accompanied by tui and bellbird.
  • Find out more about Reefton’s colourful mining history, take the Heritage Walk around the town.

It’s not often that you can catch a glimpse into New Zealand’s early past in a morning stroll. Sure by the worlds standards the kiwi culture is pretty young, but in the scale of our national history, 150 years was a heck of a long time ago. Join us for a morning’s stroll to delve into Reefton’s rich heritage.

A thing or two about Reefton

Celebrating our pioneers and understanding where we come from is something that most kiwi’s will tell you they are passionate about - and the locals at Reefton are no exception. There are many passionate historians in Reefton who put in hours of voluntary time and finance to record and display over 150 years of history in the region. It’s not hard to see why as there is so much to tell. Reefton was a melting pot for a range of religions and cultures. Knocking all these heads together brought a lot of inspiration. If you didn't know already, in August 1888 Reefton became the first place in New Zealand and the Southern Hemisphere to have a public supply of electricity. Well before the fashionable suburbs of London and New York.

Stroll through Reefton’s golden past

Through our social history tour we walk you through the town stopping in on the way to volunteer’s museums and tributes to the lives of the early residents of Reefton. You will learn about why they came, how they lived and how through guts, hard work and determination helped to shape the nation of New Zealand with many pioneering firsts, wealth and values.

We introduce you to the bearded miners who will shout you a cup of billy tea. We walk you through the local museum and historic sites and show you an extensive collection of memorabilia including the first street electric street light in the Southern Hemisphere, a working Stamper Battery used crush rock and extract gold and a sizable boulder with a quartz seam - laden with gold inside - just as nature left it.

So, what are you waiting for?

Call into the Broadway Tea Rooms for some brekki and with your walking shoes ready to go, join us for a special guided tour delving into Reefton’s Heritage.

Specific tours can be developed to meet your interest or time available. The route and tour time for the Heritage Reefton / Heritage Reefton & Blacks Point tour can range from half an hour through to three hours for the full Reefton and Blacks Point experience. Tours include morning or afternoon tea with the Bearded Miners. Catering for morning and afternoon tea, lunch, etc. is also available.



Spend the morning...

Learn how the Reefton folk helped New Zealand grow as a nation by experiencing the lives of the prospectors, miners and families who flocked to Reefton in the 1870 gold rush. We invite you to walk around Reefton’s historic buildings and sites with us, stopping en route for a cup of the Bearded Miners special billy tea. As an extension to our social history tour we can take you up to the Black Point Museum to access to an extensive collection of memorabilia including a Stamper Battery used to crush rock and extract gold. Reefton Heritage Tours... 

Have a bite to eat…

So your in Reefton ready to soak up the heritage and see the Globe Gold mine – best not to do it on an empty stomach aye. Follow your nose down the main street, pop into the Broadway Tearooms, find a table and have some lunch before climbing aboard our bus to visit Reefton’s modern gold mine.

Spend the afternoon...

Drive to the pits edge of OceanaGold’s open cast mine. Kitted out just like a miner, you gain exclusive access around the mine, machinery and plant as our guide talks you through the gold mining process. Surrounded by breathtaking views of the rugged Paparoa and Victoria Ranges your guide will also explain the environmental management of the mine and National Park. Globe Gold Mine Tours... 


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