Ross is a vibrant Gold mining town on the Glacier Highway, 20 minute drive south of Hokitika. Set amid New Zealand rainforest, rugged mountains and wild beaches, Ross has a nice climate and unique atmosphere.
Ross offers accommodation, fishing, arts and crafts and the Ross Goldfields Heritage Area.
Visit the Information Centre where you will be introduced to the regional gold history. Gold was found in all forms in Ross in 1864-1867 including alluvial deposits, quartz rock and beach sand gold. It is also the discovery place of New Zealand’s largest gold nugget – the Roddy Nugget which was the size of a Man’s hand. Nowadays you can view a replica of the Roddy Nugget or even try for your own by gold panning at the Info Centre.
Take a guided walk or stroll along the beach. There are several short bush and historic walks in the area too.
Activities in Ross
Here are some activities for you to do in and around Ross.
A short ride or walk approx. 1.5kms from the town.
A steady elevated day walk up to 3000ft above Ross. Once used as an iconic Mountain Bike ride. Come across and old quartz mill and settlement while experiencing breath taking panoramic views and an abundance of wildlife.
Arts and Crafts
Ross offers a range of locals selling from their homes.
Visit Ross Goldfields Heritage Area, explore the heritage houses and try your hand at panning.