Gold mining

Cromwell has two major gold mining sites nearby. Bannockburn Sluicings Historic Reserve is on the other side of Lake Dunstan and has a self-guided trail with free access and good views. The Goldfields Mining Centre (Otago Goldfields Park) is a few miles west on SH6. The fee for entry covers a disappointing self-guided trail but does give the opportunity to see some equipment working and talk to knowledgeable guides. There is also the usual panning experience for those who want it.

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Mount Michael

Bannockburn Sluicings

Tunnels

Shelter

Shelter

Sluicing

General view

Menzies Dam

Stewart Town

Stewart Town

Stewart Town

Long Gully

Watercourse

Flushing dam

Tail race

Tail race

Blacksmiths

Sludge channel

Goldfields Centre

Goldfields Centre

Tunnel

Shelter

Dam

Sluice gun

Water pipes

Stamper

Pelton wheel

Pelton wheel

Pelton wheel

Stamper

Stamper

Mercury retort

Sluice gun

Sluice gun

Sluice gun

Verbascum

Panning

Panning

Panning




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