Old New Zealand

...The Gold Rush...

The discovery of gold in the 19th century led to an influx of settlers in particular to Nelson, Otago and the West Coast. There were lesser rushes in Coromandel, Thames and Marlborough. The discovery of gold at Gabriel's Gully by Australian Gabriel Reed in 1861 saw the population of Otago increase from 13000 to 30,000

Near Arrowtown in Otago the settlement of Macetown was established when gold was discovered in the Arrow River in 1962. Most of the original buildings are now gone but there are a number of quartz batteries and other machinery used to work the gold still in evidence. Macetown is a popular spot for recreational hiking, camping and picnics.