Macraes area was settled in the 1850s by farmers and later by miners following the discovery of gold in the 1860s.
The area still has a working gold mine, the largest in New Zealand. In the area are you can find vestiges of Otago’s gold-rush past at Golden Point Historic Reserve, which contains the remnants of mid-1800’s gold mining.
Take the time to visit Macraes town centre and find incredible schist stone buildings that have been standing since the gold-rush.
Physical address :
Turn off SH87 onto Hyde-Macraes Rd 26 km north of Middlemarch
turn off SH85 onto Macraes Rd 15 km north of Palmerston