The four-storey-high Homeward Bound Battery
Image: Anna Morley | DOC


New Zealand’s grandest stamper battery is about 45 minutes walk from Macetown Historic Reserve.


The battery is one of New Zealand’s most awesome goldmine structures.

A physically spectacular site, the four-storey-high stamper battery sits on the Otago hills like a giant coffee grinder. Half the gold produced in New Zealand was pounded out of quartz rock in stamper batteries like this.

It includes the most complete “ore supply” system remaining in NZ with the only extant aerial cableway structures and a massive ore hopper, demonstrating the link between the mine and the processing of the gold.

If you are visiting Macetown to explore gold heritage this site is a must-do. You can walk in on the old track used to take in the machinery, but this requires some agility.

The walk in helps you appreciate how tough it was to run a business, work and live in such a challenging location.

It is a challenging 45 minute walk up the Rich Burn Valley from the 4WD carpark at the road’s end in Macetown. The rough track is only suitable for trampers.

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