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.
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.
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.
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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