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Broken Hills, Golden Hills Battery Walk

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Broken Hills, Golden Hills Battery is an easy flat walk from the bridge car park to the Broken Hills mine, which operated successfully from 1896 to 1914. This walk is only 550m and will take you 20mins. A water-powered stamper battery began crushing ore in 1899. It produced 51,000 ounces of gold, worth (at 2011 bullion prices) around NZ$100 million! Sixty people were employed at peak production. The rusting ironmongery seen on the path was once the blacksmith’s shop. The track continues past the mine to connect with the walking track to Golden Hills Battery.

Quick Facts

        • Location: North Island NZ
        • Distance: 1 km
        • Time needed: 30 Minutes
        • Difficulty: Very Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Double back
        • Elevation: 39m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: No
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: No
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights


  • Track Quality

    A very easy walk, flat all the way to the Battery

  • Hazards


  • Transport


  • Water

    Water taps are in the DOC camp ground.
    You are advised to boil the water first

  • Driving Instructions

    6 Km South out of Thames at Kopu on your left is the turn off onto the Kopu Hikuai Rd.
    This Rd will run you out to Tairua and then onto Whitianga

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    30 Km to Thames

  • Area & Track History

    Broken Hills was a gold-mining area dating back to the early 1900.
    The township of shops, community hall and post office was built on the banks of the Tairua River to supply the town with valuable water for mining and processing gold.
    But the town only lasted a couple of years when the gold run out the town died.
    The area was also heavily logged of the valuable kauri trees.
    There is no shortage of activities from tramping, swimming, canoeing, Trout fishing, bird watching, Or chill out with a quite weekend picnic or camp up for a few days.

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  • Map location of Broken Hills, Golden Hills Battery Walk

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Golden Hills Battery Car Park

6.5 km down the Puketui Valley Road you need to stop at the bridge. To your left is the start of the Golden Hills Battery walk.

Point 2: Golden Hills Battery

Golden Hills Battery walk is very easy, you could push a wheelchair to within 50m of the battery. You walk past a gold mine still being worked, but locked up. Then just minutes way is another old mine which you can walk into, but take a pair of gumboots and a good torch. As you amble along the Golden Hills Battery walk you can also look across the Tairua River to the campground and in places you see the track leading to the water race walk. Just before the Golden Hills Battery there is a old railway track lying on the side of the track, so watch the toes.

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Contact info

Broken Hills Campground 317/373 Puketui Valley Road, Hikuai 3579, New Zealand

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