Step back in time and experience gold mining history while enjoying lake and mountain views. Walk through native beech and manuka forest to visit a historic mining hut built in 1930. This walk is perfect for those with limited time who want a snapshot of Queenstown’s local history and native environment.
Starting from Twelve Mile Creek bridge, this loop track passes through the Mount Crichton scenic reserve. An area rich in goldmining history, evidence of this industrious past remains in the preserved hut and tools once utilised by miners working down in the Twelve Mile Creek Gorge. There is an opportunity to examine the historic Sam Summers gold mining hut, a large sluiced canyon from mining between the 1860′s and 1930′s and a spectacular tail race tunnel that is 24 metres long, 1 metre wide and 10 metres high. Impressive to say the least!
There is a wide variety of vegetation and bird life to enjoy along the track, which runs through thick mountain beech and manuka forest. Our friendly and knowledgeable guides are happy to provide information on the area's history, flora & fauna and recent development.
The trip maintains a moderate pace, with some changes in elevation, and has approximately 2 hours of walking. This allows for regular photo stops and the chance to enjoy refreshments in the wilderness only a few kilometres from downtown Queenstown. A superb morning or afternoon.
We recommend that clients wear appropriate footwear ( boots or shoes) and warm layers all year round.
Wilderness Guided Walks is an all weather activity and rain jackets can be supplied. Tours operate all year round, track conditions permitting.
Prices valid from 01/10/16 to 30/09/17
Departs: 8am and 1.30pm
Duration: 3.5hrs return (2 hours walking)
Level: Moderate: average fitness required
Max 6 Passengers