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Waiuta, the town on top of the South Island’s richest gold mine, was always regarded by its people as a good place to be.

Waiuta, even now as a ghost town, can still offer a variety of activities.  Mountain backed scenery, varied vegetation, building remains and gold mining relics provide plenty of scope for nature lovers, historians and photographers while various roads and tracks make interesting walks and bike rides.

Take the 21km drive on Highway 7 south of Reefton. The Waiuta turn off is marked by a big brown sign that you can’t miss. From there the first 9kms to Blackwater is sealed. The remaining 8kms is unsealed, narrow and winding, but well maintained. 

Waiuta is identified as a Tohu Whenua heritage site, and is part of a network of sites which tell important stories of New Zealand history. See more on the Tohu Whenua website.

For further information call into the Reefton Visitor Centre.

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